1st Edition

Linking Ages A Dialogue between Childhood and Ageing Research

    416 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    When we ponder about whether it is time to finish a degree, start a family, or retire, we often draw on age to make an assessment: When are we too young, or too old, to do something – and what age is the right one? Age, thereby, is a central social category for Western societies: more than gender, ethnicity or social status age affects our social position, networks, lifestyles and aspirations.

    By asking what childhood and ageing research can learn from each other, this edited volume brings both fields into a fruitful dialogue. It touches upon topics like theories and method(olog)ies, space and time, health and care, technologies and digitalization, play, work and consumption, as well as violence, wellbeing and childrens’ and older peoples’ rights.

    This volume will appeal to scholars and students interested in childhood studies and ageing studies/gerontology located in a range of disciplines, from sociology to social work, social and cultural anthropology, educational sciences, human geography, architecture, urban planning, architecture, health and disability studies, nursing studies, political sciences, and law.

    Section I: Theories of childhood and later life

    Linking Ages – An Invitation to a New Agenda in Life Stage Research

    Anna Wanka & Tabea Freutel-Funke

    1. Age Matters: Linking Age-Related Concepts in Childhood and Ageing Research

    Anne Ramos & Insa Fooken

    2. I just want to help! – Autonomy violation in children and older adults

    Regina Gerlich

    Section II: Method(ologie)s of childhood and ageing research

    3. Rethinking Life Stories in the Context of Civic Engagement: The Life Diagram and its Potential for Ageing and Childhood Research

    Bas Dikmans & Karima Chacur

    4. Linking Ages: Developing Walking Methods for Lifecourse Research

    Aled Singleto

    5. ‘I wish they’d stop eating the props!’ – Two Novice Researchers’ Refection on their Participatory Research with Children and Older People

    Muireean Ranta & Trish Finegan

    6. Linking Ages - Reflexive Transition Research in Childhood and Later Life through Interpretations with Change of Sign

    Tabea Freutel-Funke, Helena Müller, Deborah Nägler, Anna Wanka, Frank Oswald

    Section III: Empirical insights from a Linking-Ages perspective

    IIIa. Ageing in time and place

    7. Age Transitions Crossing Childhood, Youth and Old Age: Approaching Space and Age Relationally from an Urban Everyday Life Perspective

    Sabine Knierbein, Korinna Lindinger, Angelika Gabauer

    8. Age-based representations of time. Re-thinking temporalities through intergenerational encounters

    Natalie Davet

    IIIb. Playfulness as a link between childhood and later life 

    9. Play Across the Life Course: An Anthropology of Play in Childhood and Old Age

    Carrie Ryan & Paulina Pérez-Duarte Mendiola

    10. Planning for Play

    Rachel Barber, Madison Empey-Salisbury, Maxwell Hartt, Patricia Collins

    IIIc. Growing up and old in a digitized world

    11. Technological Relationality and Transforming Perceptions of Childhood

    Seran Demiral

    12. "What shall I write tomorrow?" When older women reclaim new life course on Facebook

    Priyanka Borpujari

    IIId. Un/doing age in work and consumption

    13. In and out of the labour market – A Linking Ages Perspective on labour market transitions in early and late adulthood

    Anna Wanka, Andreas Walther

    14. Different life phases and the limits of consumption: opportunities and barriers

    Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Birgit Blättel-Mink, Doris Fuchs, Konrad Götz, Nina Langen and Henrike Rau

    IIIe. Experiencing violence in childhood and later life

    15. Testimonies about child sexual abuse in the 1950s. Bearing witness and the concept of linking ages

    Sabine Andresen, Johanna Christ, Lia Pollmann

    16. Does an abusive family history cause elder abuse and neglect?

    Marcela Petrová Kafková

    17. Protection From Violence in Home Care Settings for Older Adults and Lessons Learned from Child Protection

    Nadine Konopik, Klaus Pfeiffer, Frank Oswald

    18. Un/Doing Violence and Un/Doing Care – Mapping Boundary-Making Practices of Violence in Elder Care from a Transdisciplinary Perspective

    Grit Höppner, Anna Wanka, Vera Gallistl

    IIIf. Linking Ages perspectives on health and care

    19. Children of old age? Infantilization of people living with dementia

    Valerie Keller

    20. To be Seen and Heard: Relational Caring Meets Lived Childhoods in Relationships Between Young Children and People Living with Dementia in Long-term Care Homes

    Melanie Lalani

    21. The generational conflict as a social construct of certainty to manage the ambiguities of the corona crisis

    Helga Pelizäus & Jana Heinz

    IIIg. Children’s and older adults’ rights and wellbeing

    22. ‘I thought I was going to die’:  Bodily Autonomy and the Misuse of Restrictive Practices in Aged Care and Youth Detention Settings

    Teresa Somes & Holly Doel-Mackaway

    23. Revisiting the Cascais Protocol – Age constructions and reconstruction in an ageing policy design process

    Gustavo Sugahara & Marta Osório de Matos

    24. Investigating the Association between Childhood Circumstances and Old Age Quality in Ghana

    Delali Dovie


    25. Conclusions: A Linking Ages Dialogue between Childhood, Age Studies, and Beyond

    Tabea Freutel-Funke & Anna Wanka



    Anna Wanka leads a DFG-funded Emmy-No ether research group on “Linking Ages – The Socio-Material Practices of Un/Doing Age across the Life-Course” at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany.

    Tabea Freutel-Funke, M.A. is a researcher at the University of Stuttgart specialized in childhood and qualitative research methods and a first moment Linking Ages funding member and enthusiast.

    Sabine Andresen is Professor of Social Pedagogy and Family Research at the Department of Educational Sciences at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/ Main.

    Frank Oswald, PhD is Professor for Interdisciplinary Ageing Research (IAW), Chair of the Frankfurt Forum for interdisciplinary Ageing Research (FFIA) at the Goethe University, Germany and Director of the Center AGING for Early Career Researcher at the Goethe Graduate Academy (GRADE).