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Role Overolad And Performative Void: On Social Roles of Third Age (poster)

Authors

PETROVÁ KAFKOVÁ Marcela VIDOVIĆOVÁ Lucie GALČANOVÁ Lucie

Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Citation
Description Background: The longer and healthier lives of young-olds are creating need for new social roles of older people and change of perception of “traditional” ones. At the same time, when social policies stress the socio-economically productive roles, many young-olds are performing various roles with different time and energy requirements in family and community. Usually these roles are studied separately or in simple dyads, such as the worker-care provider, but everyday praxis is based on almost simultaneous performance of the whole role set. What roles do young-olds engage in, how do they build their role-sets? Do they experience role-overload and what strategies they use to cope with it? Methods: We use mix methods to answer these questions: (1)analysis of representative survey „Life roles“conducted in 2014 in Czech population aged 50-70 years (N =730); and (2)qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with active ageing grandparents (N=23). Results: confirm that majority of young-olds perform various family roles, combining them with work, care provision and leisure. About 35% of the sample claims to be in the position of role overload, with roles of a worker and a patient being most often quoted as the primary source. Grandparent role is regarded as the one bringing most joy, but it is time limited, leaving “perfomative void”. Conclusions: The study of performance of the role-set considerably enriches the search for key to unlock the demographic dividend, as it provides deeper understanding of role overload experienced by active-agers and shows the function of performative void of selected roles.
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