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By Chris Gilleard, Paul Higgs

This e-book investigates the emergence of a 'new growing older' and its realisation in the course of the physique. The paintings explores new varieties of embodiment excited by id and care of the self, that have noticeable the physique develop into a website for getting old otherwise - for growing older with no turning into old.

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Similar sentiments were expressed by Mike Featherstone, who wrote that ‘within consumer culture, the body is proclaimed as a vehicle for pleasure […] and the closer the actual body approximates to the idealised images of youth, health, fitness and beauty, the higher its exchange value’ (Featherstone 1982, 21). Featherstone was perhaps the first sociologist to see how postwar consumer culture treated the body not as a solid source of meaning but as if it were plastic. He saw it as a form of personal capital capable, with appropriate body work, of increasing in value to the cultural and social credit of its owner.

Age’s ‘mattering’, to use Cheah’s term, (Cheah 1996) is expressed through the social and the contingent while its essentialism as ‘old age’ has become a more ‘imaginary’ presence that no longer rests upon unproblematic corporeal foundations. Conceived of as existing within a matrix of corporeality and embodiment, bodily ageing has become increasingly contested as a signifier of identity, position or place. It is negotiated in and through the social– whether this contestation is over the terms of the body’s objectification, or over the potential subjectivities that ‘desiring’ persons still seek, in later life, to express through their bodies.

Much of the emphasis in the texts about the new ageing has been about what people in later life can do, the roles they can perform – their productive ‘potential’ realised as citizens and selves. Less emphasis has been placed on them as desiring, performing and resisting bodies. Only in the field of cultural gerontology have there been attempts to deal directly with the embodiment of the new ageing and its constant provocation with ‘the corporeal inevitability of ageing […] [as] permanent reality’ (Blaikie 2002, 107).

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