What is it about?
Parents and couples who have delayed becoming parents for some reason were interviewed to investigate how "older parenthood" is talked about and justified. The analysis focuses on the systematic features of older parents talk and on how becoming a parent between 35-57 old is described and rationalised for the interviewer.
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Why is it important?
As the average age of first-time parenthood is on the rise, this article focuses how chronological age is treated by older parents themselves and how age as a defining character is raised a moral issue in talk. The article contributes to theoretical development of ageism, chrononormative cultural aspects, and the discourse of parenting.
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This page is a summary of: Being an ‘older parent’: Chrononormativity and practices of stage of life categorisation, Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Discourse Communication Studies, July 2019, De Gruyter, DOI: 10.1515/text-2019-2036.
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