Whitfield, Elenyd

Elenyd Whitfield
Start date:
October 2013
Research Topic:
Reflexivity and the Third Age
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Ian Rees Jones and Joanna Latimer
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

I will explore the subject of Reflexivity and ageing in relation to ‘personhood’ and the construction of the ‘self’ in late modernity. I will research the effects of the ‘reflexive imperative’ in the context of ageing, looking at cultural requirements around the performance of ‘choice’, autonomy, self-management and independence. Within this, I will explore issues such as stigma, consumption as identity performance, and social class.