"It's not going to be like this is it?": Celebrating age festival 2008
Dolan, J. (2008) "It's not going to be like this is it?": Celebrating age festival 2008. In: Crossing Cultures: Woman, Aging and Media AHRC International Conference, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK, 5 December 2008.
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Employing participant observation, the paper offers analysis of Bristol’s Festival of Age, 2008 and traces the ways in which participants are positioned within a configuration of nostalgic, regulatory regimes that position them as a) passive bodies b) docile bodies c) disabled bodies d) feminine bodies e) white and (working) classed bodies. The paper argues that participants resist the position of abjection through an overdetermined respectability that simultaneously reinstates the dynamics of class.