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Actively ageing women and/or active grandmothers? Negotiation of grandparent role in the context of active life-styles in retirement

Citace: HASMANOVÁ MARHÁNKOVÁ, J. Actively ageing women and/or active grandmothers? Negotiation of grandparent role in the context of active life-styles in retirement. Oxford, 2013.
Druh: PŘEDNÁŠKA, POSTER
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Actively ageing women and/or active grandmothers? Negotiation of grandparent role in the context of active life-styles in retirement
Rok vydání: 2013
Autoři: PhDr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková Ph.D.
Abstrakt EN: The idea of active ageing and the concept of third age are prominent attempts to redefine the representation of ageing. They bring a positive vision of ageing that in many respects challenge the ageistic picture of old age as a time of passivity. However, not all activity is depicted as meaningful in the discourse of active ageing. The paper analyzes how these changes in the way the meanings of old age and retirement are constructed influence the way seniors themselves relate to their ageing and grandparent role and how is the idea of care and grandparenthood integrated into the current ideas of active ageing. Based on thirty in-depth interviews with women aged sixty and older it analyzes how they negotiate their role of grandmothers in the context of their active life-style. It points out the problematic position of grandparenthood in the way these seniors constructed the idea of active ageing. These women devoted considerable amounts of their free time to leisure activities and constructed a positive representation of their ageing based on activity. Intensive involvement in grandparenthood was perceived as a barrier to such a life-style and the stereotype of the excessively active grandparent was used as an example of a negative model of life in retirement. The paper critically evaluates the concept of active ageing as it is constructed in the Czech Republic and highlights the need to study the changing representation of old age to understand ways the intergenerational solidarity is negotiated in the family.
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