Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Making Yourself Matter: Class-Grandparent Experiences

Title:
Making Yourself Matter: Class-Grandparent Experiences
Author:
Anna Sofia Lundgren: Ageing and Living Conditions Programme, ALC, Department of Culture and Media, Umeå University, Sweden
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
040
Pages:
381-385
No. of pages:
5
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


This paper deals with experiences of being active as so called Class-Grandparents – elderly visiting and helping out in schools on a regular basis – and the starting point is that working as a Class-Grandparent is one way to create a space on which to exercise agency and obtain a productive position in old age. The aim of the paper is to describe and discuss how elderly persons that have been engaged as Class-Grandparents talk about their experiences – experiences that are actually described as producing an intelligible subjectivity as one of its main effects.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anna Sofia Lundgren
Title:
Making Yourself Matter: Class-Grandparent Experiences
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Anna Sofia Lundgren
Title:
Making Yourself Matter: Class-Grandparent Experiences
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