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Ageing with Smartphones in Ireland

When Life Becomes Craft

On the role smartphones play in the lives of the aging in contemporary Ireland.

This volume documents a radical change in the experience of aging. Based on two ethnographies in Dublin, Ireland, the book illustrates how smartphones enable old people to focus on crafting a new life in retirement. For some, the smartphone is an intimidating burden linked to being on the wrong side of a new digital divide. But for most, however, it has become integral to a new trajectory towards a more sustainable life, both for themselves and their environment. The smartphone has reunited extended family and old friends, helped resolve intergenerational conflicts though new forms of grandparenting, and has become a health resource. This is a book about acknowledging late middle age in contemporary Ireland and examines how older people in Ireland experience life today.

254 pages | 44 color plates | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2021

Ageing with Smartphones

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Culture Studies

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Table of Contents

List of figures List of abbreviations Series Foreword Acknowledgements
1. Introduction 2. Age and retirement 3. Everyday life – activities and routines 4. Ageing and social life 5. Smartphones 6. Health and care 7. Downsizing 8. Life purpose 9. Conclusion
Bibliography Index

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