Comparative Study: Aging Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans in Sweden and the U.S. #sssi

Dr. Vessela Misheva, Professor of Sociology at Uppsala University in Sweden, and I are conducting a comparative international study of aging rock ‘n’ roll fans. This study is an extension of my original work on baby boomer rock ‘n’ roll fans, with one important additional consideration. During the European interactionist meetings in Uppsala in 2013, a Swedish scholar commented to me that my analysis does not apply to Swedish society because they do not have baby boomers the way that term is used in the States! The explanation, of course, is that Sweden did not witness a comparable demographic spike following World War II because they remained neutral during the war. Vessela and I are investigating all this through a series of interviews we are conducting with our graduate social psychology students. I am teaching a masters level seminar in social psychology—focusing on the sociologies of everyday life—and Vessela is teaching masters and doctoral level seminars. I have lectured several times to her students via Skype, and our classes have met once via Skype. We are now in the process of analyzing the data from semi-structured interviews with respondents over the age of 67. We will report back to the Blog soon, as we prepare to present our study at the European interactionist meetings in Salford in July. We hope to receive comments from Blog readers on our preliminary findings.

Joe Kotarba

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