Gay and Pleasant Land? Exploring Sexuality, Ageing and Rurality in a Multi-Method, Performative Project

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Authors: Fenge, L.-A. and Jones, K.

Journal: British Journal of Social Work

ISSN: 0045-3102

Until recently, older lesbians and gay men were largely invisible within ageing research and, where it has been undertaken, a bias towards urban samples has occurred. As a result, less is known about the experience of living in a rural community as an older lesbian or gay man. This paper presents a discussion of a current research project that is taking place as one part a programme of research in the south-west of England and Wales under the umbrella of the UK’s New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. The research projects in the south-west and Wales are broadly aimed at exploring how older people living in rural areas interact with their local communities. The Gay and Plea- sant Land? project is focused on exploring sexuality, ageing and rurality in the south- west of England and Wales. The project uses multi-methods to explore connections between place, space and identity, which include visual ethnography, focus groups and interviews using the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM). The develop- ment and production of a short, professionally made film as the key dissemination tool are outlined. Performative Social Science and its philosophical grounding in Relational Aesthetics as the bedrock of the project are deliberated. Implications for research with marginalised groups in rural communities are discussed, alongside a consideration of multi-methods and the use of tools from the within social work research.

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Authors: Fenge, L.A. and Jones, K.

Journal: British Journal of Social Work

Volume: 42

Issue: 2

Pages: 300-317

eISSN: 1468-263X

ISSN: 0045-3102

DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr058

Until recently, older lesbians and gay men were largely invisible within ageing research and, where it has been undertaken, a bias towards urban samples has occurred. As a result, less is known about the experience of living in a rural community as an older lesbian or gay man. This paper presents a discussion of a current research project that is taking place as one part a programme of research in the south-west of England and Wales under the umbrella of the UKs New Dynamics of Ageing Programme. The research projects in the south-west and Wales are broadly aimed at exploring how older people living in rural areas interact with their local communities. The Gay and Pleasant Land? project is focused on exploring sexuality, ageing and rurality in the south-west of England and Wales. The project uses multi-methods to explore connections between place, space and identity, which include visual ethnography, focus groups and interviews using the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM). The development and production of a short, professionally made film as the key dissemination tool are outlined. Performative Social Science and its philosophical grounding in Relational Aesthetics as the bedrock of the project are deliberated. Implications for research with marginalised groups in rural communities are discussed, alongside a consideration of multi-methods and the use of tools from the within social work research. © 2011 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The British Association of Social Workers. All rights reserved.

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Authors: Fenge, L.-A. and Jones, K.

Journal: BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK

Volume: 42

Issue: 2

Pages: 300-317

eISSN: 1468-263X

ISSN: 0045-3102

DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr058

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