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Our paper published: ‘Taking Stock: A Visual Analysis of Gendered Ageing’

by on May 26, 2015

We are delighted to report that our paper ‘Taking Stock: A Visual Analysis of Gendered Ageing‘ has just been published here (subscription required) in early view in the journal Gender, Work & Organization.

We presented early ideas and thoughts about three stock images in the ‘Gendered Ageing at Work’ stream at the 7th GWO Conference back in 2012. These developed into this paper and this was in no small part due to the response we received at the conference. So we would particularly like to thank the organizers and participants of that stream for their feedback and encouragement. We also thank the Richard Benjamin Trust who funded our research which gave rise to this paper.

The paper will be part of a forthcoming Special Issue of the journal on Problematizing Gendered Ageing in the New Economy which developed from this conference. As it’s likely to be of interest to many readers of this blog we’ll let you know when the Special Issue appears.

In the meantime, here’s the abstract of our paper:

While various forms of imagery have been highlighted as central to processes of social construction, the potential of visual methodologies to generate insight into gendered ageing has yet to be fully exploited. We build on the developing body of visual analyses within work and organization studies to suggest how understandings of gendered ageing are impacted by our consumption of work-related images, empirically explored here using stock photographs. We examine images of men and women of various ages to unpack the visual construction of gendered ageing within online news media, a critical context within the new economy. Through our own analysis, and our review of participants’ responses to three images, we contribute to the unpacking of culturally produced age-sensitive subject positions through examination of the interrelationships between gender, age and employment. These combined methodologies offer new insights into ways in which understandings of gendered ageing are both (visually) constructed and interpreted.

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