‘This is Your Life You Have to Live with the Memories’: Older Migrant Women’s Reflections on Living with the Past

By Sharon Wray.

Published by The International Journal of Aging and Society

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Memories collected across the life-course often inform our sense of who we are and what is important to us, as we grow older. This article draws on the findings of two qualitative life-history research projects that set out to explore older UK migrant women’s quality of life across the life course. It has two main aims. One aim is to contribute to existing theorizations of social memory. Another aim is to show the extent to which migrant women’s memories of life-altering events influence their satisfaction with life as they grow older. The article concludes by arguing for an approach to the study of ageing that is sensitive to the impact of memories on our experiences of growing older.

Keywords: Ageing, Fulfilment, Life-course, Life-satisfaction, Migrant, Social Memory

Aging and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.35-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 558.713KB).

Dr. Sharon Wray

Reader in Sociology, Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, UK

Dr. Sharon Wray is a Reader in Sociology at the University of Huddersfield. Her research has focused on ageing, ethnic and cultural diversity, migration and health. She is particularly interested in how life course events, such as migration, ethnicity, and social class, influence later life. With colleagues she has undertaken an ESRC funded study examining older migrant women’s experiences of growing older. She recently completed a project on the quality of life and health of older Pakistani and Indian migrant women. She has extensive experience of undertaking qualitative research, working with interpreters, and researching across ethnic and cultural diversity. She has been widely published in the areas of ageing, ethnic diversity and quality of life.