Representation of age and ageing identities in popular music texts

Kelly, Jacinta, Watson, Roger, Pankratova, Marina and Pedzeni, Ann-Marie (2016) Representation of age and ageing identities in popular music texts. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72 (6). pp. 1325-1334. ISSN 1365-2648

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Aims: To critically examine the representation of ageing identities in popular music texts. Background: Having a positive outlook provides both short-term benefits and has been proven to help people live longer. Music is capable of conveying positive and negative emotion towards ageing, however, only a limited number of unpublished studies exist on how age and ageing is represented in popular music. Design: Qualitative discourse analysis. Methods: In July 2014, a search without time limits was completed of the music lyrics databases, The Music Lyric Database, Songfacts, The Macronium and Absolute lyrics for English language music texts relating to age and ageing. Results: Findings revealed (N = 76) relevant music texts offering up negative and positive discourses of age and ageing, with negative predominating. Identities of age and ageing were categorized as ‘contented and celebrated aged’, ‘pitiful and petulant pensioners’ and ‘frail and flagging old folks’. Conclusion: From this study, it is evident that mainly negative representations of age and ageing are available in popular music texts. It is imagined that the negative representations of age and ageing can be dispiriting, confidence and esteem lowering for older people and their potential impact might be considered carefully by artists. However, while evidence exists that negative and positive emotions can influence health and well-being, further qualitative research is needed to explore what impact precisely the negative texts have on those experiencing ageing.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: age, ageing, discourse analysis, identity, nurse, nursing, popular music
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 09:08
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2022 14:24

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