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Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life$
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Molly Andrews

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812394.001.0001

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(p.34) Chapter 3 Ageing
Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life

Molly Andrews

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 develops the theme of ‘imaging futures’ with regard to how people think about their journey through the life course, and specifically their own aging. What narratives about age and aging are we surrounded by, and how do we map our own lives onto this projected storyline? The concept of a ‘blueprint for living’ is introduced, as a framework for examining where individuals acquire their ideas about aging and what contexts provoke meaningful consideration of where one is in relation to the self that one hopes to become. The chapter explores how different concepts of time are central to re-imagining the life course and our journey within it. What are the implications of not knowing when our lives will end—and that we will never narrate them once they are over? The chapter asks ‘Who tells stories about aging’, and examines the potential of multiple generations telling stories of aging, looking forwards and backwards, from the cradle to the grave.

Keywords:   biographical ageing, ageism, contemplating death, blueprint for aging, intergenerational conversations, longevity revolution, late style, creativity and aging, gardening and aging, life review

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