Exploring underexposed stories: The experienced lifecourse of financially excluded older adults

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To gain insights into vulnerable lifecourses and give a voice to those often underrepresented in quantitative research, this study examines the life stories (past, present and future) of 19 financially excluded older adults using an adapted version of McAdams' life-story interview scheme. Although these life stories demonstrate an accumulation of many disadvantages and an uncertain future because of current financial situations, the stories also reflect the generativity, resilience, coping strategies and agency of financially excluded older adults. We demonstrate how the experienced lifecourse is built around both negative and positive turning points and transitions which go beyond the classical education-work-retirement triumvirate, and how socio-cultural life scripts are used as a framework to build one's own life story in order to achieve continuity. The discussion highlights the potential for deploying the life-story method as a qualitative resource for providing individualised care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724 - 745
JournalAgeing and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • financially excluded older adults
  • life story
  • lifecourse perspective
  • vulnerable lifecourses

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