This book advances a new understanding of acculturation processes for older migrants, drawing on empirical data from migrants of Chinese heritage in Australia. It challenges the traditional models of acculturation, questions the conventional notion of integration and analyses the fluid nature of cultural identities. Drawing on insights from environmental gerontology, intercultural communication and acculturation theories, it conceptualises ageing in a foreign land as a home-building process, highlighting the collective contributions of individual, community, social, cultural, technological and environmental factors to older migrants’ well-being. A consideration of what it means to age ‘in place’ for those whose home is not necessarily attached to one place and one culture, this volume will appeal to social scientists with interests in ageing, gerontology, migration and diaspora, as well as those working in the fields of aged care policy.
Table of Contents
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1. Ageing in a foreign land
2. Research context and methodology
3. Home as a place: physical insideness
4. Home as relationships: social and cultural insideness
5. Home as a transnational place: autobiographical insideness
6. Building a sense of home in a foreign land
Shuang Liu is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Arts at The University Queensland, Australia. She is the author of Identity, Hybridity and Cultural Home: Chinese Migrants and Diaspora in Multicultural Societies and the lead author of Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures and Contexts.