9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-05 09:00:00 2009-09-05 10:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 09:00 - 10:30 Political Aspects of Ageing Building II, C5.08

The places for ageing in parliamentary speeches

This presentation discusses the places for ageing in Finnish society. The data consists of 309 parliamentary speeches covering this topic from 1950 till 2005. A place for ageing refers to a local authority home, an old people?s home, a nursing home, own home or other forms of dwelling.

However, to date there is no research available in Finland that would theorize the aspects of dwellings where the elderly reside. Therefore I chose Michel Foucault?s idea of heterotopia as a theoretical framework that was combined with John Agnew?s formulations of place mechanisms. The mechanisms, that affect the places, are economic, political, and social in nature. The research method consists of theory based quantitative content analysis.

The purpose of the research is to study what the MPs speak about the places of ageing and the mechanisms affecting them. The idea is to create knowledge that is on the theoretical and conceptual level. The analysis produced seven thematic periods. In my presentation I first describe the data, research question and theoretical framework. Then I concentrate on the results of the analysis.