Negotiating Gendered Ageing:Intersectional Reflexivity and Experiences of Incongruity of Self-Employed Older Women


This article analyses the experiences of self-employed older women. Developing an intersectional reflexivity approach, our analysis shows how older women negotiate their concerns in relation to gendered ageing and realize self-employment. Our study reveals three practices: ‘Expressing the self’, ‘Exploring learning’ and ‘Embracing solidarity’. We contribute to the neglected intersection of gender and age in studies of work, and to an appreciation of the transformational potential of self-employment for older women.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Work & Organisational Psychology
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Uncontrolled Keywords: age,gender,intersectionality,reflexivity,self-employment,Accounting,Sociology and Political Science,Economics and Econometrics,Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Publication ISSN: 1469-8722
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2024 07:18
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2020 15:14
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Published Date: 2021-04-21
Published Online Date: 2021-04-21
Accepted Date: 2020-10-27
Authors: Meliou, Elina (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8912-3378)
Mallett, Oliver



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