Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Brazil

A work in progress

Marília Duque

ISBN: 9781787359963

Publication: April 21, 2022

Series: Ageing with Smartphones

What is this?

With people living longer all over the world, ageing has been framed as a socio-economic problem. In Brazil, older people are expected to remain healthy and autonomous while actively participating in society. Based on ethnographic research in São Paulo, Ageing with Smartphones in Urban Brazil shows how older people in a middle-class neighbourhood conciliate these expectations with the freedom and pleasures reserved for the Third Age. Work is what bonds this community together, providing a sense of dignity and citizenship.

Smartphones have become of great importance to the residents as they search for and engage in new forms of work and hobbies. Connected by a digital network, they work as content curators, sharing activities that fill their schedule. Managing multiple WhatsApp groups is a job in itself, as well as a source of solidarity and hope. Friendship groups help each to download new apps, search for medical information and guidance, and navigate the city. Together, they are reinventing themselves as volunteers, entrepreneurs and influencers, or they are finding a new interest that gives their later life a purpose. The smartphone, which enables the residents to share and discuss their busy lives, is also helping them, and us, to rethink the very representation of ageing.

Marília Duque is a researcher at ESPM (Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing) in São Paulo, Brazil.

Series Foreword
List of Figures
1. Introduction
2. Life After Retirement
3. The Art of Being Busy
4. Family Gathering
5. Unlocking the Smartphone
6. Crafting Health
7. Challenging Sexuality at the Best Age
8. Seeking a Purpose in Life
9. Conclusions


Format: Open Access PDF

293 Pages

61 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2022

ISBN: 9781787359963

Publication: April 21, 2022

Series: Ageing with Smartphones

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