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Intimate Temporalities: The Home of Old Age

Perla Serfaty-Garzon

In this article we wish to characterize and analyze some of the temporal feminine experiences associated with aging, using as a starting point an examination of the “living at home” notion. The personal tensions that affect relationships from the time one “returns home” appear to be linked to the redefinition of the feminine role and of conjugal relationships. The feeling of the instability of one’s “home” introduces a new and different tension into the whole experience of one’s dwelling. The ongoing linkage between one generation to the next and the care each one takes of the other would appear to constitute a major existential issue of old age. Finally, we look at the opening up of one’s home to others and the changes produced in the meaning of hospitality.