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Autonomia, imperativo à atividade e "máscara da idade": prerrogativas do envelhecimento contemporaneo

DOI: 10.1590/S0102-71822009000100015

Keywords: third age, identity, contemporary society.

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this article aims to analyze the relationship between the third age identity and the normative standards for the construction of contemporary identities. to do so, we review some characteristics of the third age identity according to criteria that take part in the conceptions of identities in contemporary society: independence, self-responsibility, activity, flexibility and learning, and "absence of age." we finish identifying a double feature of the third age: on one hand, this identity represents an innovation and, as such, increases the possibilities of belonging for the subjects; on the other hand, it contributes to the promotion of models and ideals that are becoming dominant in contemporary society.


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