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Heteronormative silences and queer resistance in queer people’s experiences of eldercare and home
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2885-8186
2023 (English)In: Sexualities, ISSN 1363-4607, E-ISSN 1461-7382Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The meaning of home for queer people has been widely empirically explored as well as theorized. Not least has the home been important for the older generations of queer people, who lived in times where their sexualities and gender identities have been criminalized and pathologized and where there have been few public meeting places historically. However, having care needs may blur the lines between private and public and complicate notions of integrity in one’s home. This article is based on qualitative interviews and aims to explore experiences of queer people in a Swedish context who have eldercare services—either people who have home-care-services or who are living in care homes. A queer theoretical framework and reflexive thematic analysis was used. The results illustrate how there is a silence around gender and sexuality in the everyday life within eldercare. This in turn is caused by material conditions where downsizing and effectivization of the eldercare have created pressed working conditions that leave little room for small talk between staff and recipients of care. Norms on age, gender, and sexuality with notions on older people as asexual (as well as cisgender and straight) may play into this silence as well. The boundaries between the private (home) and the public (eldercare) become blurred. This in turn conditions which intimacy practices that become im/possible. Simultaneously, there is a presence of queer resistance as well as of longings for other (queer) futures.

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Sage Publications, 2023.
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Ageing, Eldercare, Home, Queer
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Gender Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-52592DOI: 10.1177/13634607231212810ISI: 001091881900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85175718214OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-52592DiVA, id: diva2:1808800
Available from: 2023-11-01 Created: 2023-11-01 Last updated: 2023-11-28Bibliographically approved

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