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Doing memory work with older men: the practicalities, the process, the potential

Blake, Vic, Hearn, Jeff, Barber, Randy, Jackson, David, Johnson, Richard and Luczynski, Zbyszek (2016) Doing memory work with older men: the practicalities, the process, the potential. Working with Older People, 20 (4). pp. 209-213. ISSN 1366-3666

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This article describes the process of setting up and participating in a collective memory work group of older men, with a focus on the making and unmaking of older men and masculinities through age, ageing, gender, gendering, and other intersections. Memory work is located in relation to related but different forms of writing and group work, emphasizing how in this method everyone becomes a writer, an author, a listener, a reader, a discussant, and a commentator. The potential of memory work, both for working with older men, and more generally is outlined. Key issues are: genuine and collective commitment to substantive change, not just at a personal level, but also at wider social/political/cultural levels; willingness to trust in the other members of the group, an issue that may be difficult for some men; and commitment for caring for one another especially in their moments of greatest vulnerability.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2016 12:27
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:45


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