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Age ascription as a resource and a source of resistance: An interactional study of health professionals’ castings of patients into the category ‘old’
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 41, no 41, 41-35 p., 2017Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This case study aims to give an understanding of what actions health professionals' castings of patients into the category ‘old’ perform on a medical and social level as well as what actions patients' interactional management of these castings perform. Particularly, this study aims to bring to the fore the negotiability of health professionals' perspectivating age ascriptions. This is done with the conversation analytic method (CA) according to which altercasting is a mutual construction performed turn by turn and shaped by the reactions of the interlocutor who can approve, resist, or modify the identity in question. The data are drawn from two Swedish television documentaries on health encounters. Three major findings are presented. Firstly, the castings of the patients into the category ‘old’ are in several cases embedded in metaphors that either position the patient's body in the role of a victim of old age or in the role of a machine to routinely check. Secondly, the castings with a fateful approach to old age are ambivalent; whereas they serve as resources for the health professionals' normalizing of medical projects and perspectives, they can constitute sources of problems for the patients' doctorability and/or agency. Thirdly, the health professionals' perspectivating age ascriptions are negotiable; their design facilitates resistance to them, and the patients accept, modify, interrupt or reverse them.

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2017. Vol. 41, no 41, 41-35 p., 2017
Keyword [en]
Age in interaction, Discursive Gerontology, Medical interaction, Membership Categorization Analysis, Assertive Communication
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Humanities, Swedish
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61656DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2017.03.001ISI: 000404490400004PubMedID: 28610752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61656DiVA: diva2:1084125
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-2169
Available from: 2017-03-23 Created: 2017-03-23 Last updated: 2017-07-20Bibliographically approved

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