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A study of the relationship between reflexivity and habitus over the life course: exploring the roles of emotion, recognition and generation

Whitfield, Elenyd 2020. A study of the relationship between reflexivity and habitus over the life course: exploring the roles of emotion, recognition and generation. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Abstract

This thesis contributes to understanding the experiences of social class across the life course and into the third age. It engages with and builds upon research that examines the relationship between Margaret Archer’s conceptualization of reflexivity and Bourdieu’s habitus. Analysis will be presented from narrative interviews with a sample of 19 participants, in retirement and from diverse social locations, recruited through University of the Third Age groups and social clubs in a city in Wales. It argues that processes of symbolic and affective recognition, and emotional and generational habitus, are significant in the relationship between reflexivity and habitus over the course of a life, and that social class is a key component of identity in the diverse landscape of the third age. The research supports and extends current work in social theory and gerontology and has implications for the development of policy.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 March 2021
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2021 01:16
URI: http://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/139619

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