Auto-photography in aging studies: Exploring issues of identity construction in mature bodybuilders

Cassandra Phoenix

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Abstract

This article seeks to contribute empirically, theoretically, and methodologically to the literature on aging bodies and identity construction by analyzing auto-photographic data from a project that explores the embodied identities of mature bodybuilders. The analysis identified three salient identities that the participants constructed via the auto-photography task. These identities were; a healthy body-self, a performing body-self, and a relational body-self. In combination, these three identities offer insight into what mature bodybuilders themselves regard as important in their lives and social worlds. The ways in which the respondent driven photographs might allow additional insight into the meaning of aging, and also act as counter-narratives to dominant narratives of decline in older age is reflected upon.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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