Older women's bodies and the self: the construction of identity in later life.

@article{Clarke2001OlderWB,
  title={Older women's bodies and the self: the construction of identity in later life.},
  author={Laura Hurd Clarke},
  journal={The Canadian review of sociology and anthropology. La Revue canadienne de sociologie et d'anthropologie},
  year={2001},
  volume={38 4},
  pages={
          441-64
        }
}
  • Laura Hurd Clarke
  • Published in
    The Canadian review of sociology and anthropology…
    2001
This paper explores the uneasy and often conflicted relationship between an older woman's sense of self and her aging body. Using data from semi-structured interviews with 22 female participants aged 61 to 92 years, the paper examines the influence of the loss of perceived physical attractiveness and the deterioration of health and functional abilities on an older woman's sense of identity. The paper discusses the women's experience of the body as both mask and prison of the self and elucidates… CONTINUE READING

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