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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Growing old in times of divisions: Explorations of solidarity in late life


Location: Poznań, Poland
Date: 29 Aug 15:30 - 17:15


Room 2.100

With a growing population worldwide, old age is depicted nowadays as a global and national socio-economic burden. Neoliberal paradigms of growing old such as successful, healthy or active ageing are bolstering the view of old age as something that can be controlled, with the task of achieving it becoming a moral individual responsibility rather than a collective enterprise. Concurrently, frailty, both mental and physical, becomes stigmatised as failure in not being able to contribute any further to the social and economic resources of the community. This not only reinforces structural inequalities that are independent of the choices of individuals, irrespective of their life stage, but also supports ageism by portraying old age as having no meaningful worth as a life stage. We invite papers that, through ethnographic encounters, interdisciplinary creative work and methodological innovation, challenge the narrow portrayal of late life in terms of either dependency or excessive self-reliance, by looking at policies and everyday practices of solidarity within small and large communities. Potential topics are to address solidarities in late life in relation to: - Compassion and altruism - Cross-generational perspectives - Socio-economic classes across life course and in late life - Growing old in conflict zones - Networks of solidarity (care settings, digital forms of care etc.) - Volunteering practices - Transnational practices - Inter-species forms of solidarity across life course and in late life - Socio-political divisions and the potentiality of solidarity in old age - Lack of solidarity and its effects.


  • P 56.1
    • Dr. Douglas, Cristina (University of Aberdeen, Department of Social Anthropology)
    • Dr. Teodorescu, Adriana (Babeș-Bolyai University, Department of Sociology)

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After being denied a US visa renewal, Saudi performer in his mid-thirties leading a show in the US returned to Saudi Arabia, stating that: Since the Arab world has never had a sexual revolution, ageing will not impact his popularity as a musician. He cited iconic Arab musicians who were well into their 50s at the height of their popularity. His confidence in the Arab world’s forgivingness toward ... More
Presented by Dr. Maha Zeini AL-SAATI on 29/8/2019 at 13:30
Solidarity appears to be at the core of dementia narratives, policies and practices of care. The concept of solidarity is encompassed into that of compassion, which informs national and local policies, and in the practice of person-centred approach to care. On the other hand, the narratives of dementia as loss of self reveal the importance of solidarity by unmasking the relational and dividual cha ... More
Presented by Dr. Cristina DOUGLAS on 29/8/2019 at 16:30
Oral history in humanities (pedagogy of memory concept) serves as an educational tool in terms of cross-generational perspectives. "Life lessons" conveyed in narrations prevent from social death or stigmatization and reinforce the notion of the meaningful worth of the old age. The therapeutic function of the oral histories is associated with a temporary cut-away from the hustle and bustle of every ... More
Presented by Dr. Aleksandra KUROWSKA-SUSDORF on 29/8/2019 at 16:10
The definition of care has been presented as a challenge for the social sciences and other disciplines. Its analytical complexity and the different social contexts generate a proliferation of meanings, volatile and difficult to grasp. The dual concepts such as care about and care for, show deep limitations placing the focus of the analysis on the feelings and emotions, and on the physical and mate ... More
Presented by Carlos CHIRINOS on 29/8/2019 at 15:50
U.S. Congresswoman, Maxine Waters is eighty years old and extremely popular among African American millennials. This solidarity is evident in how this generation uses Waters facial expressions, quotes, and anti-Trump public declarations as memes, gifs, avatars and Twitter handles. This project uses social media analytics to examine how millennials express and build comity via Twitter with Represen ... More
Presented by Juanita CRIDER on 29/8/2019 at 16:50
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