Unfinalisability and the authorship of life - Narratives of young-old women from Taiwan

Jin Kuan Kok, Ming-Chin Li

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Abstract

This study investigates and presents the narratives of Taiwanese women who have reached the young-old stage. The narrative interview method was used for data collection from 12 Taiwanese women. After analysing the recurring themes emerging from the women's life histories, it is found that the meanings of these Taiwanese women's narratives could not be finalised according to traditional Confucian norms. These women rebelled, resisted, and resumed authorship to make changes to their lives in a patriarchal society. The women were reflexive, and had constant struggles. The findings also reveal a prominent characteristic of Taiwanese culture that emphasises relationships. The women were able to pursue their dreams to involve themselves in self-care, leisure, aesthetic activities, and classes for their personal growth and pleasure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-21
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume42
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Young-old; Taiwanese women; Unfinalisability; Relational; Authorship

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