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Relinquishing the practices of a lifetime : observations on ageing, caring and literacies.

Hamilton, Mary (2009) Relinquishing the practices of a lifetime : observations on ageing, caring and literacies. Literacy and Numeracy Studies, 17 (1). pp. 63-74. ISSN 1441-0559

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Abstract

This paper draws on ethnographic and case study data from a variety of sources to explore the changing social practices of literacy across the lifespan. It explores the new literacy demands that people encounter with age when dealing with life events in a range of social domains. These include increased leisure; travel; changing family and peer relationships as a result of death and loss; issues of health and disability and accessing new technologies. It reveals how literacy is implicated in peoples' changing sense of time, place and history; how the older person’s identity as a literate actor may be interrupted by both institutional and informal processes of caring and their disengagement from spheres of activity that were previously central markers of their identity. Ageing thus involves both expansion and retreat from familiar literacy practices.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Literacy and Numeracy Studies
Additional Information: This is available as a pdf on the journal website
Uncontrolled Keywords: adult literacy ageing
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 27263
Deposited By: Professor Mary Hamilton
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2009 10:08
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:40
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/27263

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