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Theorising sleep practices in later life: moving into sheltered housing

Fairhurst, Eileen (2007) Theorising sleep practices in later life: moving into sheltered housing. ISSN 1360-7804

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Abstract

This paper re-analyses data from a study of older people and sheltered housing which combined textual analysis of professional discourse with interviews. There were only two references salient to 'sleep' in that paper and I offered no analytic comment upon them. At that time, then, sleep as a sociologically interesting topic, was, for me a taken for granted matter. It is that taken for grantedness that is examined here. On being invited to contribute to this special issue, I went back to the original data and interrogated it for 'sleep'. I realised that, with this different concern, the texts and interviews contained much more about the 'doing' of sleep in later life than I had appreciated, especially where, when and how sleeping practices occur. Sleeping 'upstairs' or 'downstairs', in a single- or double-bed and on which side of the bed were all matters of relevance when older people were considering a move to sheltered housing. Older people's own sleeping practices are contrasted with those offered in texts produced by architects designing sheltered housing. The paper concludes by considering the methodological implications of re-analysing research materials for emerging sociological topics and by giving pointers to future research on sleep practices in later life.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full-text of this article is not available in this e-prints service. This article was originally published [following peer-review] in Sociological Research Online, published by and copyright Sage.
Divisions: Legacy Research Institutes > Research Institute for Health and Social Change > Social Change and Well Being
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 14:36
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 14:02
URI: http://e-space.mmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/109133

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