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Gender ethnicity and empowerment in later life

Afshar, Haleh, Franks, Myfanwy, Maynard, M. and Wray, Sharon (2002) Gender ethnicity and empowerment in later life. Quality in ageing - Policy, practice and research, 3 (1). pp. 27-33. ISSN 1471-7794

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Studies of later life are increasingly emphasising its positive aspects as a time which is not
necessarily linked to decline and dependency. Gender is also accepted as an important
variable in the experience of advancing years. However, the significance of ethnicity is less
often emphasised. Based on preliminary analyses from research with older women from a
variety of ethnic backgrounds, this article focuses on what they identify as important in
terms of living their later years. The article emphasises migration and cultural differences in
perceptions of ageing. It concludes with a discussion of the meanings of empowerment.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Reproduced by permission of Quality in Ageing Journal, published by Pavilion © Pavilion Publishing
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender ethnicity life course migration empowerment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Research in the Social Sciences
School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research
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Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2007
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