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By Chris Gilleard, Paul Higgs

This booklet investigates the emergence of a 'new aging' and its realisation throughout the physique. The paintings explores new different types of embodiment all in favour of identification and care of the self, that have noticeable the physique turn into a domain for growing older otherwise - for getting old with out changing into old.

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Within second wave feminism, Caddick has argued that two distinct, if related, approaches toward gendered identity can be discerned, which she has described as following a structuralist or a cultural reading of ‘difference’ (Caddick 1986). While both approaches shared the view that women’s bodies are oppressed by the constraints placed on their identity as women and that women needed to be ‘liberated’ from this 34 Ageing, Corporeality and Embodiment oppression, the way that gender and sex are ‘embodied’ by these approaches differed considerably.

Many of these performances, the various masquerades and the stories accompanying them will be unsuccessful. Some already have and many more will never be realised. But all embody the central idea of human beings as ‘desiring’ subjects, active in creating and sustaining a place for themselves in society and a society in which they can have a place. Acknowledging that human beings can and do influence the conditions under which they live, these new ways of narrating and performing age have emphasised desire, potential and agency over need, vulnerability and limitation.

1996), commodity fetishism (Lefebvre 2002), celebration of the superficial (Wolf 1990) and oppressive dehumanisation (Ritzer 1996) still abound, consumerism and consumption continue to thrive, disembedding selves from older, more stable sources of identity and community into a variety of flexible, for now lifestyles. Ageing: Corporeal Limits and Embodied Identities Consumption, as Sassatelli (2007, 106) points out, is a terrain of ambivalence, offering and constraining choice, promising democracy while segmenting difference.

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