Becoming and being an exiting elder

Corlett, Sandra (2015) Becoming and being an exiting elder. In: European Group for Organisational Studies (EGOS)., 2-4 July 2015, Athens, Greece.

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This paper presents emerging ideas about an ‘exiting elder’ identity. The paper’s stimulus was when an academic seminar presenter introduced herself as an ‘exiting elder’, a term I had not previously heard. With my interest in identity and in how we discursively position ourselves in relation to others (Garcia & Hardy, 2007; Ybema et al., 2009), and being in my mid fifties and beginning to think about the later stages of my career, the term fascinated and resonated with me. Therefore, I met Greta (pseudonym) to explore what the term meant to her. Greta’s belief is that exiting elder may be a ‘concept whose time is coming or hasn’t yet come’ (interview). Therefore, the paper’s ideas connect with the sub-theme’s interest in how ageing is made real in organizations, and how, why and in what circumstances older age is valued and privileged (Hardy et al, 2015). The paper also begins to explore how and in what circumstances ‘exiting elder’ may become a salient identity and ‘how age works as an organizing principle’ (Thomas et al., 2014: 1570).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Sandra Corlett
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 21:31

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