Worried Lives

  • Roger Clough
  • Mary Leamy
  • Vince Miller
  • Les Bright

Abstract

For some people advancing age is a time of uncertainty and vulnerability. Often an event such as an illness or a fall is the trigger to the realization that one is vulnerable, a state that may change one’s attitude to the whole of living. Hepworth (2000) lists vulnerability and risk as one of the key issues of ageing alongside: ‘body and self; self andothers; objects, places and spaces; and futures’ (p. 9). He writes of the ‘risks associated with physical frailty and with particular places and spaces, such as a high crime area of an inner city’ (p. 9). In a later section, drawing on Leder (1990) he notes that people live most of their lives ‘without being fully aware of the internal workings of the body which, when it is free of pain, disability and illness, we experience as “absent” ’ (p. 38).

Keywords

Income Expense Nash Vince 

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Copyright information

© Roger Clough, Mary Leamy, Vince Miller and Les Bright 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roger Clough
    • 1
  • Mary Leamy
    • 2
  • Vince Miller
    • 3
  • Les Bright
    • 4
  1. 1.Eskrigge Social ResearchUK
  2. 2.Department of Psychology, University of TeessideUK
  3. 3.Department of Sociology, University of KentUK
  4. 4.Independent ConsultantUK

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