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December 2021

The nursing home as a discursive anchor for the ageing body

Author(s): Holstein, J. A.

Journal/Book: Ageing Soc. 1999; 19: 40 West 20Th Street, New York, NY 10011-4211, USA. Cambridge Univ Press. 519-538.

Abstract: The nursing home has become a paramount site for the care and custody of old people, but it also affects how we think and talk about the ageing body. In this article, narrative and ethnographic material drawn from a variety of care-related settings is used to illustrate how and where the nursing home serves as a discursive anchor for embodiment. Circumstantial, local cultural, and organisational mediations are considered, featuring institutionalisation to be as much a descriptive phenomenon, as it is a residential relocation.

Note: Article Gubrium JF, Univ Florida, Dept Sociol, POB 117330, Gainesville,FL 32611 USA

Keyword(s): nursing homes; discourse analysis; body; old age; caregivers; deprivatisation

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