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Title: Forever ‘becoming’? Negotiating gendered and ageing embodiment in everyday life
Authors: Pilcher, K
Martin, W
Keywords: ageing;gender;embodiment;everyday life;visual methods;body work
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications and the British Sociological Association
Citation: Pilcher, K. and Martin, W. (2020) ‘Forever ‘Becoming’? Negotiating Gendered and Ageing Embodiment in Everyday Life’, Sociological Research Online. doi: 10.1177/1360780420928380.
Abstract: © The Author(s) 2020. Drawing upon 62 participant-produced visual diaries and accompanying interview narratives, this article explores the significance of everyday body work for people in mid- to later life. Departing from previous work that has explored the intersections of gender and age in relation to a single embodied practice, this article highlights the salience of a myriad of bodily practices for the everyday ways that gender and ageing identities are constituted, specifically hair styling, beauty work, clothing, and dieting. We argue that women negotiate a gendered pressure to age well, which results in an in/visibility paradox, in which they are at one and the same time seen, but not seen. Consequently, we question whether women are thus forever ‘becoming’ – attempting to become embodied subjects, alongside subjecting to ‘becoming’ – aligning with normative discourses. The article examines the competing ways that ageing and gendered bodies are constructed, together with participants’ embodied resistance to negative normalising discourses.
ISSN: 1360-7804
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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