Research project Concurrently with the ageing of the population, the questions of experienced possibilities to affect ones situation will probably become more important. How these experiences are conditioned by things as location, physical ability and social networks, but also by cultural belongings to, and identifications with, categories as gender and ethnicity are therefore important to consider.
This study relates mainly to questions of identity constitution. Elders living in the northern Sweden will be studied regarding the constitution of their political subjectivity (political self image and –confidence) in relation to place/community, social networks, state institutions, organisations, and personal life histories. Politics will here be defined in relation to collective efforts to influence the development in ways that benefit the interests of a group (and at the same time constitutes the group), and in a wider sense as processes of articulations that constitutes (reproduces and challenges) established meanings, values, and identities (also on an individual level).