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dc.contributor.advisorKerse, N
dc.contributor.advisorSmythe, L
dc.contributor.advisorDavis, P
dc.contributor.authorWright St Clair, VA
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-13T20:08:59Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-16T07:53:27Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-16T07:53:38Z
dc.date.available2011-10-13T20:08:59Z
dc.date.available2011-10-16T07:53:27Z
dc.date.available2011-10-16T07:53:38Z
dc.date.copyright2008
dc.date.issued2011-10-14
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/2331
dc.description.abstractIt’s like the sun and the tide. The aim of this study was to understand the meaning of ‘being aged’ through the everyday experiences of those who are aged. Philosophically, this interpretive study was informed by hermeneutics and interpretive phenomenology. The writings of two twentieth-century philosophers, Hans-Georg Gadamer and Martin Heidegger, guided the study’s design and research methods. The phenomenon of interest is ‘being aged;’ a thing which is ordinarily taken-for-granted in the everyday. However, much is already spoken and empirically ‘known’ about the phenomenon by those who are not yet aged. Methodologically the study’s design sought to ‘put aside’ those voices and listen in closely to what elders themselves had to say about being in their everyday lives. Individual research conversations were conducted with fifteen participants; four Maori elders aged 71 to 93 and eleven non-Maori elders aged 80 to 97 years. All were living in private residences on Auckland’s North Shore and recruited by way of the general electoral roll. The conversations were focused on gathering the stories of particular everyday events as well as the person’s reflections on aging. Anecdotes drawn from the conversations formed the research text. Hermeneutics informed the interpretive engagement with this text. As a non-Maori researcher, cultural integrity of the text and the interpretations was enhanced through partnership with a Maori advisor. Dwelling hermeneutically with the anecdotal text was a way of listening to the spoken and unspoken words. Four overarching notions were illuminated and form the study’s findings. They are my interpretive descriptions of the ordinary ways of ‘being in the everyday,’ the experiences of ‘being with others’ in advanced age, the announcing of being aged in the uncomfortableness of ‘experiencing the unaccustomed’ and how ‘aging just is’ there in an everyday way. Reflecting phenomenologically on the findings, the meaning of being aged is in its ordinariness. My thesis is that being in the ordinary everyday in advanced age both conceals and reveals the phenomenon of being aged.
dc.publisherThe University of Auckland
dc.relation.replaceshttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/2286
dc.relation.replaces10292/2286
dc.relation.replaceshttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/2330
dc.relation.replaces10292/2330
dc.relation.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2292/3080
dc.rightsAuthors retain the right to place his/her publication version of the work on a personal website or institutional repository for non commercial purposes. The definitive version and the original publication is available at (see Publisher’s Version).
dc.title'Being aged' in the everyday: uncovering the meaning through elders' stories
dc.typeDoctoral Thesis
dc.typeThesis/Dissertation
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
thesis.degree.namePhD
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.identifier.roid3209en_NZ


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