Fiction and the cultural mediation of ageing

Tew, Philip (2017). Fiction and the cultural mediation of ageing. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: Economic and Social Research Council. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-850580

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The project involves extensive collaboration between the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing (BCCW) in the School of Arts at Brunel University, and variously the London Third Age Trust, the Mass Observation Archive at Sussex University, and DEMOS. The research undertaken involves an innovative methodological 'bricolage', using established techniques from the social sciences and humanities, deploying volunteer groups and individuals to consider and discuss post-war fictional narratives of ageing, and the personal, social and policy implications implicit in such varied, shifting representations of the elderly. Society's changing construction of roles for older citizens provides the central research question for both the participants and investigators. Existing archival and new material is used for an in-depth longitudinal study of changing social attitudes since 1981. Contemporary British novelists will be interviewed regarding ageing as both a textual theme, and a personal and professional experience. Critical and analytical research will draw upon the various qualitative data produced to address issues of ageing and its cultural signification in terms of readership, authorship, social attitudes and agency, and public policy. The three major outcomes will include a series of public events, a policy report, and associated academic publications in the literary field using sociological and cultural contexts.

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Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Tew Philip Brunel University
Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Hubble Nick
Morrison Jago
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: RES-356-25-0007
Topic classification: Society and culture
Date published: 06 Jan 2012 10:39
Last modified: 11 Jul 2017 13:14

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