Researching Time and Ageism: Applications of Qualitative Longitudinal Research to the Field

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Interest in ageism research has grown immensely since the term was coined. Despite methodological innovations to study ageism in different settings and the application of different methods and methodologies to the topic, qualitative longitudinal studies investigating ageism are still underrepresented in the field. Through qualitative longitudinal interview data with four individuals of the same age, this study explored the applications of qualitative longitudinal research on ageism, highlighting its potential benefits and challenges to the multidisciplinary study of ageism and to gerontological research. The paper presents four distinctively different narratives through which individuals “do,” “undo,” and “challenge” ageism in their interview dialogues over time. Doing this underlines the importance of understanding the heterogeneity and intersectionality among encounters, expressions, and dynamics of ageism. The paper concludes with a discussion of the potential contributions that qualitative longitudinal research makes to ageism research and policy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1335-1344
Issue number6
Early online date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • age norms
  • ageism
  • life-course
  • methodology
  • qualitative methods

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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