Resisting Negative Social Representations of Ageing

  • Katie Wright-BevansEmail author
  • Michael Murray


The dominant social representation of ageing is one of decline and redundancy. It is this representation that shapes the experiences of people as they grow older, but it is also one that can be challenged in everyday social interaction as well as through various forms of social action. This chapter begins by considering the character of this dominant social representation and then proceeds to explore through a series of case studies different forms of social action involving older people. In particular, it draws upon individual and collective narrative accounts of different forms of resistance and ways of building solidarity.


Social representation Community psychology Social action 


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  1. 1.School of PsychologyKeele UniversityNewcastle-under-LymeUK

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