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What discourse analysis reveals about elderly women, sex and the struggle with societal norms

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In my commentary on Jones's study concerning how older women talk about their sexuality and intimate relationships I will focus on two issues: (1) What the study reveals about the intertwining of personal and cultural meaning and on its contribution to gerontological research. (2) Entering the field of narrative studies from a more sociolinguistic background and working within a more ethnographic orientation to the analysis of talk, I am particularly interested in methodological questions of empirical research. Hence, I will have a closer look at Jones's study with an eye to her methodology, trying to point out some techniques that might be of help for further research on narratives.

Keywords: Contextualization Cues; Discourse Analysis; Dominant Cultural Storylines; Emic and Etic Analysis; Gerontology; Micro-analysis

Document Type: Short Communication


Publication date: August 1, 2002


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