Ageing Resource Communities: New frontiers of rural population change, community development and voluntarism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ageing Resource Communities

New frontiers of rural population change, community development and voluntarism, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark Skinner, Neil Hanlon


220 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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Throughout the world’s hinterland regions, people are growing old in resource-dependent communities that were neither originally designed nor presently equipped to support an ageing population. This book provides cutting edge theoretical and empirical insights into the new phenomenon resource frontier ageing, to understand the diverse experiences of and responses to rural population ageing in the early 21st century. The book explores the resource hinterland as a new frontier of rural ageing and examines three central themes of rural population change, community development and voluntarism that characterize ageing resource communities. By investigating the links among these three themes, the book provides the conceptual and empirical foundations for the future agenda of rural ageing research. This timely contribution contains 15 original chapters by leading international experts from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Ireland and Norway.


'It’s easy to ignore the many problems faced by older people in some of our remotest rural communities that are doubly disadvantaged by their weak economies. This book fills an important literature void by offering thoughtful examinations of the challenges faced by their older occupants and the leaders of their community settings. Particularly valuable as a commentary on the role played by voluntarism throughout the world and its unequal ability to compensate for the organized services available in these places.'— Professor Stephen Golant, Department of Geography, University of Florida

"Edited by Mark Skinner and Neil Hanlon, this book is a page-turner…Mark Skinner and Neil Hanlon have brought together an interesting and useful selection of work. The collection clearly articulates the issues that are facing ageing resource areas and effectively challenges simplistic notions that older people in resource areas are vulnerable – just because they are older." - Amanda Davies, Curtin University, New Zealand Geographical Society

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Introduction to ageing resource communities (Mark Skinner and Neil Hanlon) New frontiers 2. New Frontiers of rural ageing: resource hinterlands (Neil Hanlon, Mark Skinner, Alun Joseph, Laura Ryser, and Greg Halseth) 3. Place integration: notes on a Deweyan framework for community inquiry (Malcolm Cutchin) 4. Voluntarism, older people, and ageing places: Pathways of integration and marginalization (Mark Skinner, Alun Joseph, Neil Hanlon, Greg Halseth, and Laura Ryser) Rural population ageing Introduction to rural population ageing (Alun Joseph and Neil Hanlon) 5. Rural ageing in farm communities in Ireland: Changing agricultural resources – changing lives (Kieran Walsh, Eamon O’Shea, and Thomas Scharf) 6. Austerity, welfare reform, and older people in rural places: Competing discourses of voluntarism and community? (Paul Milbourne) 7. Long-term care service delivery challenges for ageing in place in rural communities: A health region case study of home and residential care (Denise Cloutier, Margaret Penning, Kim Nuernberger, Taylor Hainstock, Laura Funk, Dee Taylor, and Ronald Kelly) Rural community development Introduction to rural community development (Greg Halseth and Laura Ryser) 8. Gamvik, "a good place to grow old": The role of voluntary organizations in an ageing resource dependent municipality in northern Norway (Tor-Arne Gjertsen, Laura Ryser, and Greg Halseth) 9. Experiences of economic change in small town New Zealand: Implications for voluntarism and community capacity (Sarah Lovell, Andrew Gray, and Sara Boucher) 10. Planning for all ages and stages of life in resource hinterlands: Place-based development in northern British-Columbia (Sean Markey, Greg Halseth, and Laura Ryser) Rural voluntary sector Introduction to rural voluntarism (Mark Skinner and Alun Joseph) 11. Plugging the gaps? Voluntary sector innovation for supporting healthy rural ageing (Christine Milligan)12. Civic and voluntary contributions of retirement migrants and their impact on rural community sustainability: Perceptions of local governments (Rachel Winterton and Jeni Warburton) 13. Voluntarism, community culture, and ageing in place in resource-based communities (Elaine Wiersma) Discussion 14. Emerging issues in ageing resource communities (Rachel Herron and Natalie Waldbrook) 15. Towards new rural ageing futures (Neil Hanlon and Mark Skinner)

About the Editors

Mark Skinner is Associate Professor of Geography and Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Trent University, Canada.

Neil Hanlon is Associate Professor and Chair, Geography Program, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General