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 Youthfulness and Fitness Identity Ideals for All Ages?
Uppsala university, Department of Sociology. (Socialt arbete)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-898X
Sociologiska institutionen, Uppsala universitet.
2001 (English)In: Journal of Aging and Identity, ISSN 1087-3732, E-ISSN 1573-3491, Vol. 6, no 1, 15-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In consumer society the body, one focus for a youthful consumption, is a symbol of identity, the ‘true presentation’ of who one really is. We have witnessed new images for elderly people, especially the Young-Old. This descriptive study focuses on the importance of youthfulness and fitness in different among Swedes in different ages. The empirical study among 1.250 Swedes in the age 20-85 show youthfulness and fitness as uni-age phenomena. More than 7 out of 10 report lower ‘subjective ages’ (Feel-Age, Ideal-Age and Look-Age) than their chronological age. Fitness activities and slenderness ideals seem to be important independent of age group. This could, on one hand, be interpreted as a changing life course with new, more ‘positive’ images of old age. On the other hand it could be interpreted as a new, more subtle form of ageism.

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2001. Vol. 6, no 1, 15-29 p.
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Age-identity, youthfulness, fitness, uni-age
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-7802DOI: 10.1023/A:1009524612420OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-7802DiVA: diva2:356677
Available from: 2010-10-13 Created: 2010-10-13 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved

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