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Everyday life and the new shapes of identities : The different meanings of ‘things that did not happen’ in the lives of Finnish older persons during the pandemic (2022)


Leinonen, E. (2022). Everyday life and the new shapes of identities : The different meanings of ‘things that did not happen’ in the lives of Finnish older persons during the pandemic. Journal of Aging Studies, 62, Article 101052. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2022.101052


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All authors or editorsLeinonen, Emilia

Journal or seriesJournal of Aging Studies

ISSN0890-4065

eISSN1879-193X

Publication year2022

Publication date22/06/2022

Volume62

Article number101052

PublisherElsevier

Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2022.101052

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82546


Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many ways since the end of 2019. This paper investigates the everyday lives of Finnish older persons during the first three months of the pandemic when they were required to stay in “quarantine-like conditions.” The study utilises the ‘sociology of nothing’ in exploring the meanings of nothingness in the everyday lives of older people; that is, the things, events and people that were absent from their lives because of the pandemic. The main interest of the article is to reverse the typical analytical focus from ‘things that happened’ to ‘things that did not happen’ and to shed light on the experiences and descriptions of older persons' unlived lives. The article presents empirical findings from written letters collected between April and June 2020 from persons aged 70 or over (n = 77). The letters were analysed with theory-driven content analysis. The paper suggests that the unlived life; that is, not having, not being and not doing, generated feelings of otherness from the social world, but also freedom from obligations. Furthermore, the present article gives a sense of how old age is depicted in Finnish society and by the older persons themselves.


Keywordsolder peopleexperiences (knowledge)pandemicsCOVID-19everydaysocial isolationcopinglifequality of lifeemptinesslonelinesscare for the elderly

Free keywordseveryday life; self-identity; sociology of nothing; Finland

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Reporting Year2022

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