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Geographical Gerontology

Perspectives, Concepts, Approaches, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark W. Skinner, Gavin J. Andrews, Malcolm P. Cutchin


332 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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Understanding where ageing occurs, how it is experienced by different people in different places, and in what ways it is transforming our communities, economies and societies at all levels has become crucial for the development of informed research, policy and programmes.

This book focuses on the interdisciplinary field of study – geographical gerontology – that addresses these issues. With contributions from more than 30 leading geographers and gerontologists, the book examines the scope and depth of geographical perspectives, concepts and approaches applied to the study of ageing, old age and older populations. The book features 25 chapters organized into five parts that cover the field’s theoretical traditions and intellectual evolution; the contributions of key disciplinary perspectives from population geography, social and cultural geography, health geography, urban planning and environmental studies; the scales of inquiry within geographical gerontology from the global to the embodied; the thematic breadth of contemporary issues of interest that define the field (places, spaces and landscapes of ageing); and a discussion about challenges, opportunities and agendas for future developments in geography and gerontology.

This book provides the first comprehensive foundation of knowledge about the state of the art of geographical gerontology that will be of interest to scholars of ageing around the world.


"Geographical Gerontology: Perspectives, Concepts, Approaches takes a critical perspective by acknowledging and addressing the diversity of the aging experience. There is much discussion of understanding aging and differences among older adults by gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, location (e.g., urban vs rural), morbidity, and mental health. Focusing on these dimensions allows us to understand how and why older adults interact with space and place."

- Marie Y. Savundranayagam, PhD, School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University London Ontario, Canada

Table of Contents

PrefacePart I. Introduction 1. Introduction to geographical gerontology Mark W. Skinner, Gavin J. Andrews and Malcolm P. Cutchin 2. Space and place in geographical gerontology Gavin J. Andrews, Malcolm P. Cutchin and Mark W. Skinner Part II. Geographical perspectives on ageing 3. Health geographies of ageing Janine L. Wiles 4. Social and cultural geographies of ageing Christine Milligan and Anna Tarrant 5. Population geographies of older people Mark W. Rosenberg and Kathi Wilson 6. Planning and design of ageing communities Judith E. Phillips 7. Environment and ageing Keith Diaz MoorePart III. Geographical scales of inquiry 8. Global ageing David R. Phillips and Zhixin Feng 9. Ageing in low- and middle-income countries Andrea Rishworth and Susan J. Elliott 10.Urban ageing: new agendas for geographical gerontology Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson 11. Rural ageing Mark W. Skinner and Rachel Winterton 12. Ageing communities Sarah A. Lovell 13.Household spaces of ageing Anne Martin-Matthews and Denise S. Cloutier 14. Embodiment and emotion in later lifeRachel Herron Part IV. Key issues in geographical gerontology 15. Explaining the ageing in place realities of older adults Stephen Golant 16. Being in place Graham D. Rowles 17. Active relationships of ageing people and places Malcolm P. Cuthcin 18. Older persons, place and health care accessibility Neil Hanlon 19. Mobilities and ageing Anthony C. Gatrell20. Constructions of old-age social exclusion Kieran Walsh 21. Employed caregivers in the ageing family Gillian M. Joseph and Alun E. Joseph 22. Ageing landscapes Robin Kearns and Tara M. Coleman 23. Therapeutic landscapes of ageing Rachel Winterton Part V. Discussion 24. On the interdisciplinary challenge of geographical gerontology Sheila Peace 25. Geographical gerontology: progress and possibilities Malcolm P. Cutchin, Mark Skinner and Gavin J. Andrews

About the Editors

Mark W. Skinner, Ph.D., is Professor of Geography, Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care, and Director, Trent Centre for Aging & Society, Trent University, Canada.

Gavin J. Andrews, Ph.D., is Professor and founding Chair, Department of Health, Aging and Society, McMaster University, Canada.

Malcolm P. Cutchin, Ph.D., is Professor, Department of Health Care Sciences, Wayne State University, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Human Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography