chapter  12
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Reflections on the Study: Why are there No Simple Answers?

In this concluding chapter, we cast a contemplative glance back on the two and a half years of working together on the RASC project and on this volume. We summarise what has been learned from a multidisciplinary approach to a comparative oral history in the area of religion and ageing. In a project such as our own, crossing national boundaries which encompass very different histories and cultures, it was inevitable that we would be researching and writing with many voices, as well as languages. In this final chapter, we address the difficult issue of competing interpretations of interview material, and especially, in regard to conducting research on religion, reconciling the sometimes diverse perspectives of religious and non-religious researchers. We conclude with some pointers for future research while suggesting possible rewards from our findings with regards to policies addressing the lives of older people.