ISRF Mid-Career Fellow 2015-16
ISRF Mid-Career Fellow 2015-16
Jayne was awarded her PhD by Lancaster University in 2000, and arrived at the School of Applied Social Sciences, University of Brighton in 2004 after 10 years as Lecturer in Sociology at Liverpool Hope University College.
Her research interests span lifestyle media and reality TV, obesity and health, social representations of ageing, cosmetic surgery and the body, sexuality/gender, ethical consumption, serious leisure and social class.
Jayne’s ISRF research addresses the real world problems associated with anti-ageing culture through the mobilisation of an innovative theory and methodology, that both captures responses to anti-ageing pedagogies that teach us ‘how not to be old’, and enables the articulation of alternative voices and images through the production of a film that teaches us ‘how to be old’.
The proposed research addresses the real world problems associated with anti-ageing culture through the mobilisation of an innovative theory and methodology, that both captures responses to anti-ageing pedagogies that teach us ‘how not to be old’, and enables the articulation of alternative voices and images through the production of a film that teaches us ‘how to be old’. To date, Cultural Gerontology has sought to counter the psychosocial harms that attend the construction of ‘old’ as a stigmatized identity, by generating alternative representations. However, these ambitions are undermined by a very particular understanding of representation that assumes that representations elicit predictable responses and which fails to take into account the ways in which representations of ageing are embedded in socio-cultural celebrations of youthfulness which have an affective appeal. The proposed research moves the site of inquiry from representations to their wider contextual framing. It does this through a cross-fertilization of ideas from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Metafiction, a self-conscious fiction that draws attention to its own production, and the politics of recognition, which regards frames as political acts of recognition constituting socially desirable selves, are combined to produce a theory and practice of Metafictive framing. This is mobilized in a three-staged empirical project involving feministidentified women in i) a reflexive identification of the framing devices, and their complex responses to them, in the television show How Not to Grow Old , ii) the co-production of a self-conscious pedagogical film How to Grow Old and iii) an analysis of other women’s responses to the film. The intention is to identify attempts shaping our responses to anti-ageing and to share different articulations of ‘learning to be old’ as a means to interrogate and interrupt the workings of anti-ageing discourse, its psychosocial harms, and the reproduction of neoliberal rationalities working through it.
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