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Under pressure : Women's Health and the social constructions of aging / Brittany Thompson

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dc.contributor.author Thompson, Brittany
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-17T23:11:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-17T23:11:04Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/2610
dc.description v, 125 leaves ; 29 cm en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis project explores social constructions of aging women within Women’s Health magazine. There is limited scholarly literature on representations of aging women within popular health/fitness media, such as magazines. The limited current research which does exist suggests that aging women are subjected to negative stereotypes and gendered myths within our societal and cultural values with respect to aging (Vertinsky, 1994). Media representations are strong and pervasive reflections of societal norms and expectations and may impact the way women view themselves. I therefore undertook a Foucaultian discourse analysis of Women’s Health magazine to examine if/how gendered constructions of aging are functioning within representations of health directed to women of all ages. I found that Women’s Health reproduces aging women as useless, failures, problems to be managed, and other to normative femininity. Women’s Health reinforces that aging can and should be managed through the consumption of anti-aging products, procedures, and surgeries endorsed within the magazine. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Kinesiology, c2011 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Ageism en_US
dc.subject Aging -- Social aspects en_US
dc.subject Women in mass media en_US
dc.subject Middle-aged women -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject Older women -- Public opinion en_US
dc.subject Middle-aged women -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Older women -- Attitudes en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title Under pressure : Women's Health and the social constructions of aging / Brittany Thompson en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Kinesiology en_US

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