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Intergenerational Contact Zones Place-based Strategies for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging

    350 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In Intergenerational Contact Zones, Kaplan, Thang, Sánchez, and Hoffman introduce novel ways of thinking, planning, and designing intergenerationally enriched environments. Filled with vivid examples of how ICZs breathe new life into communities and social practices, this important volume focuses on practical descriptions of ways in which practitioners and researchers could translate and infuse the notion of ICZ into their work.

    The ICZ concept embraces generation and regeneration of community life, parks and recreational locations, educational environments, residential settings and family life, and national and international contexts for social development. With its focus on creating effective and meaningful intergenerational settings, it offers a rich how-to toolkit to help professionals and user groups as they begin to consider ways to develop, activate, and nurture intergenerational spaces.

    Intergenerational Contact Zones will be essential reading for academics and researchers interested in human development, aging, and society, as well as practitioners, educators, and policy makers interested in intergenerational gathering places from an international perspective.


    Part I. Generation/Regeneration of Community Life

    Chapter 1. Culture as Animator of Intergenerational Gathering Places

    Robert H. McNulty

    Chapter 2. Our Community, Our Traditional Food: Around the Fire as an Intergenerational Contact Zone

    Shingaira Chigeza, Nicole Claasen and Vera Roos

    Chapter 3. Finding Fertile Ground in Libraries for Intergenerational Dance

    Yvonne Ng

    Chapter 4. Transforming a barn into an ‘intergenerational planning zone"

    Matthew Kaplan, Suzanna Windon, and Evan Zavada

    Chapter 5. City Cycling Spaces for Welcoming and Engaging All Ages

    Tim Jones and Ben Spencer

    Chapter 6. Playful Perspectives and Everyday Spaces: Imagining a Bus Stop as an Intergenerational Contact Zone

    Jason Danely

    Part II. Parks and Recreation

    Chapter 7. Connecting generations in Chinese urban parks

    Patricia O’Neill

    Chapter 8. Urban Public Parks: Magnets for Social Inclusion and Engagement across Generations

    Cláudia Azevedo

    Chapter 9. Intergenerational Gardening on Urban Rooftops: The Example of the "Play and Grow" Program in Hong Kong

    Tanja Sobko and Louise Chawla

    Chapter 10. Forests as Intergenerational Contact Zones: Teaching About and Experiencing Forests Through Historical Interpretation

    Sanford S. Smith and Matthew S. Kaplan

    Chapter 11. Sowing Connections in a Community Garden: An Intergenerational Partnership between Young Adult Cancer Survivors and Master Gardeners

    Renate M. Winkels, Rick Artrip, Maegan Tupinio and Daniel R. George

    Part III. Education Settings

    Chapter 12. Schools as Intergenerational Contact Zones: The Cleveland Case

    Catherine Whitehouse, Peter Whitehouse, & Mariano Sánchez

    Chapter 13. College Classrooms as Intergenerational Contact Zones

    Joann M. Montepare and Mark Sciegaj

    Chapter 14. Adding Excitement and Relevance to Second Language Learning: Imagining a School-based English Language Center as an Intergenerational Contact Zone

    Alan Lai

    Part IV. Residential Settings and Family Life

    Chapter 15. Intergenerational Living in Cohousing Communities

    Lisia Zheng

    Chapter 16. Cocktails in Care Homes: An intergenerational strategy for bridging the care home – community divide

    Phoebe Grudzinskas and Susan Langford

    Chapter 17. Senior Housing as a Community Hub for Intergenerational Interaction

    Nancy Henkin and Taryn Patterson

    Chapter 18. The Japanese teapot: Objects at home that possess Intergenerational Contact Zone generating properties

    Yoshika Yamamoto and Leng Leng Thang

    Chapter 19. The Virtual Environment as Intergenerational Contact Zone: Play through Digital Gaming

    Eyu Zang

    Part V. Social Development: National/International Contexts

    Chapter 20. Multigenerational Cyclical Support System: Programs in Japan for "Designing a Sustainable Society through Intergenerational Co-creation."

    Masataka Kuraoka

    Chapter 21. Exploring Design Principles and Strategies for Intergenerational Places in Australia: Revealing Opportunities and Potential in Beach and Public Pool Settings.

    Kah Mun Tham, Diane Jones and Ann Quinlan; Architect

    Chapter 22. Intergenerational Contact Zones in Contested Places and Spaces: The Olive Tree as Entity and Symbol

    Suzanne Hammad

    Part VI. Methods

    Chapter 23. A Toolkit for Intergenerational Contact Zones Application

    Mariano Sánchez and Philip B. Stafford

    Chapter 24. Intergenerational programs and intergenerational contact zones: Aligning notions of ‘good quality’

    Mariano Sánchez, Pilar Díaz, Andrés Rodríguez and Rosa Bonachela

    Chapter 25. Everyone Can Make a Map: Multigenerational and Intergenerational Explorations of Community

    Philip B. Stafford



    Dr. Matthew Kaplan is Professor of Intergenerational Programs and Aging in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education at Pennsylvania State University. He is an affiliate member of the Penn State Center for Healthy Aging and core faculty member of the Comparative and International Education (CIED) Dual-Title Graduate Degree Program.

    Dr. Leng Leng Thang is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. She is also is co-director of the Next Age Institute.

    Dr. Mariano Sánchez is Associate Professor of Sociology and inaugural head of the Macrosad Chair in Intergenerational Studies at the University of Granada in Spain. Professor Sánchez is as well International Affiliate at the Center for Healthy Aging (Pennsylvania State University), and director of the Intergenerational Spaces Lab.

    Dr. Jaco Hoffman, DPhil (Oxon), is socio-gerontologist and leader of the Optentia Research Focus programme: Ageing and Generational Dynamics in Africa (AGenDA) at North-West University, South Africa as well as James Martin Senior Research Fellow in the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, UK.

    "The case studies of ICZs provoke much needed information-sharing and mutual learning for practitioners, community-builders, policymakers, planners, designers, and researchers across boundaries and borders. It is a timely and generative read, offering tangible insights for various audiences currently imagining and building those intergenerational communities and societies many of us desperately want and need…I urge practitioners and academics from these disciplines to read this book and contribute to core learnings on the physical, political, and institutional components of the ICZ framework." – Book Review by Meghan Joy, Concordia University, in Anthropology and Aging, Journal of the Association for Aging and Gerontology, Vol 41, No 1 (2021)