Doing Vulnerability: Soziale Konstruktionen des Alter(n)s während der COVID-19 Pandemie

Translated title of the contribution: Doing vulnerability: The social construction of age(ing) during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research output: Journal article (peer-reviewed)Journal article

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic old age has been "vulnerablilized" in the media by characterizing old age as a vulnerable and risky phase of life. Gerontologists have criticized the age-based definition of risk groups for their underlying agism.

OBJECTIVE: From a practice-theoretical perspective the article asks through which social practices a vulnerable age is realized during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: The article refers to data from six qualitative interviews with people aged 65 and older. The data was analyzed using fine structure analysis followed by a topic analysis.

RESULTS: The results show that during the COVID-19 pandemic doing age was characterized by a not doing or the disappearance of routinized everyday practices. For the respondents this not doing age was connected to experiencing vulnerable ageing, in which they felt physically and temporally vulnerable.

DISCUSSION: Practices of aging during the COVID-19 pandemic have developed against the backdrop of a societal discourse that has positioned activity as an indicator of good and positive aging. At the same time few opportunities have been created to maintain activity under the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Translated title of the contributionDoing vulnerability: The social construction of age(ing) during the COVID-19 pandemic
Original languageGerman
JournalZeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Early online date20 Dec 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Dec 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects
  • Health (social science)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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