An ethnography of growing old in Darwin

  • Sandra Elizabeth Stuart

    Student thesis: Masters by Research - CDU


    In the past 10 years research on the Northern Territory’s senior population using demographic and survey methods (Carson 2009, Martel 2013, Rasmussen 2011, Voit 2014, and Zeng 2015) have provided an overview of the ageing population with statistical projections. Through this research my aim has been to enrich this general information with ethnographic data to provide a snapshot of the actualities of the ‘on-the-ground’ experience of growing old in Darwin and enable a finer grained analysis of this emerging trend in the collective life of the city. I have recorded stories of the experience of growing old among Darwin people. I have not attempted to collect a representative sample of stories from across the many social, cultural, and economic situations of Darwin residents. Rather I have collected stories from a wide range of different circumstances so that juxtaposition will be revealing. In recording peoples’ stories, I have used three ethnographic tools, accidental ethnography, interviews and a personal research diary. My research will provide data about how people experience and make meaning in Darwin as they grow old. The recorded material will provide an understanding of what social needs and services older people in Darwin will require in the future.
    Date of AwardJan 2020
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorHelen Verran (Supervisor), Heather Gibb (Supervisor) & Michaela Spencer (Supervisor)

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