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Ageing and Place

ISBN 9780415481656
Published October 22, 2008 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

During recent years, an increasing amount of academic research has focused on older people with a particular emphasis on settings, places and spaces. This book provides a comprehensive review of research and the policy area of 'ageing and place'.

An insightful book on an important topic, Andrews and Phillips have together edited a valuable information and reference source for those with interests in the spatial dimensions of ageing in the twenty-first century. Ranging from macro-scale perspectives on the distribution of older populations on national scales, to the meaning of specific local places and settings to older individuals, on the micro-scale, the book spans an entire range of research traditions and international perspectives.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Geographical studies in Ageing: Progress and connections to social gerontology Gavin J. Andrews and David R. Phillips  2. Placing Ageing: Positionings in the study of older people Robin A. Kearns and GavinJ. Andrews  3. Multi-disciplinary configurations in gerontology Pia C. Kontos  4. International Demographic Transitions Kevin McCracken and David R. Phillips  5. Residential Homes: From distributions in space to the elements of place Gavin J. Andrews  6. Home as a New Site of Care Provision and Consumption Janine Wiles  7. Healthy ageing in the Community Helen Baetlett and Nancye Peel  8. The Physically Ageing Body and the Use of Space Kichu Nair  Environment and Psychological Responses to Ageing Robin Findlay and Deirdre McLaughlin  10. Ageing in Rural Communities: Vulnerable people in vulnerable places Alun E. Joseph and Denise Cloutier-Fisher  11. Ageing and the Urban Environment David R. Phillips, Oi-Ling Siu, Anthony G.-O Yeh and Kevin H. C. Cheng  12. Imagined Landscapes of Age and Identity Andrew Blaikie  13. Cataloguing Old Age Bill Bytheway and Julia Johnson  14. Making Space for Identity Sheila M. Peace, Caroline Holland and Leonie Kellaher

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Gavin J. Andrews is Professor and Chair, Department of Health Aging and Society at McMaster University. Recent publications include Sociology of Ageing: A Reader (Rawat, 2008) and Primary Health Care: People, Practice, Place (Ashgate, 2008).

David R. Phillips is Chair Professor of Social Policy and Academic Dean of Social Sciences at Lingnan University in Hong Kong. Recent edited books include Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Region (Routledge, 2000) and Ageing and Long-term Care: National Policies in the Asia-Pacific (IDRC and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2002).


'I highly recommend this book, as it leaves the reader with a greater appreciation for the role of spaces, places and landscapes in the lives of older adults.' - Ageing and Society, Volume 2/2 - 2005

'With an average chapter length of fourteen pages, the book has a rather breezy feel and read.  Readers will find these chapters useful springboards toward deeper explorations in ageing, including work by the authors themselves' - The Professional Geographer, Volume 58 - 2006