Intergenerational Space offers insight into the transforming relationships between younger and older members of contemporary societies. The chapter selection brings together scholars from around the world in order to address pressing questions both about the nature of contemporary generational divisions as well as the complex ways in which members of different generations are (and can be) involved in each other’s lives. These questions include: how do particular kinds of spaces and spatial arrangements (e.g. cities, neighbourhoods, institutions, leisure sites) facilitate and limit intergenerational contact and encounters? What processes and spaces influence the intergenerational negotiation and contestation of values, beliefs, and social memory, producing patterns of both continuity and change? And if generational separation and segregation are in fact significant social problems across a range of contexts—as a significant body of research and commentary attests—how can this be ameliorated? The chapters in this collection make original contributions to these debates drawing on original research from Belgium, China, Finland, Poland, Senegal, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States and the United Kingdom.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Robert M. Vanderbeck and Nancy Worth Section I: Spaces Of Intergenerational Encounter 2. An intergenerational meeting place for the old and young? Encounters in public spaces within housing blocks in Singapore Leng Leng Thang 3. Creating intergenerational spaces that promote health and wellbeing Matthew Kaplan and Jawaid Haider 4. Intergenerational shared spaces in the UK context Julie Melville and Alan Hatton-Yeo 5. ‘It’s a really nice place to live!’: the ethnographic encounter as a space of intergenerational exchange Helen Lomax Section II: Memory And Intergenerational (Dis)continuities 6. Displaced encounters with the working class city: Camping, storytelling and intergenerational relationships at the Salford Lads Club Luke A. Dickens and Richard MacDonald 7. Bridging the generation gap: holidays, memory and identity in the countryside Michael Leyshon and Tea Tverin 8. Mother and daughter ‘homebirds’ and possible selves: generational (dis)connections to locality and spatial identity in south Wales Dawn Mannay 9. Children’s engagement with war and intergenerational war stories Dorothy Moss Section III: The Negotiation Of Values, Beliefs And Politics 10. Intergenerational recognition as political practice Kirsi Pauliina Kallio 11. Intergenerationality and prejudice Gill Valentine 12. How do you end racism in a generation? The Runnymede Trust and Project Generation 3.0 - A multimedia arts project in Birmingham Adefemi Adekunle 13. One roof, different dreams: lives of Shanghai teenage girls and their fathers Qiong Xu Section IV: Education, Work and Care 14. Negotiating intergenerational relations and care in diverse African contexts Ruth Evans 15. Splintered generations: difference, the outdoors, and the making of ‘family’ at an American wilderness therapy camp Cheryl Morse 16. Place-responsive intergenerational education Gregory Mannion and Joyce Gilbert 17. Moving from boats to housing on land: intergenerational transformations of fisher households in southern China Chen Fengbo and Samantha Punch Section V: Intergenerationality and Ageing 18. Exploring intergenerationality and ageing in rural Kibaha Tanzania: methodological innovation through co-investigation with older people Gina Porter, Amanda Heslop, Flavian Bifandimu, Elisha Sibale Mwamkinga, and Mark Gorman 19. The Intergenerational Help Desk: encouraging ICT use in older adults in England Irene Hardill 20. (Grand)paternal care practices and affective intergenerational encounters using Information Communication Technologies Anna Tarrant 21. Making sense of middle-aged gay men’s stories of ageing Paul Simpson 22. Negotiating urban space: contested generational and ethnic boundaries Tine Buffel and Chris Phillipson
Robert M. Vanderbeck is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on contemporary processes of social exclusion and inclusion, with particular emphases on childhood, youth and intergenerational relations; sexualities; religion; and urban public spaces. His work has been published in numerous journals including Annals of the AAG, Transactions of the IBG, Urban Geography, Urban Studies, Religion, Sexualities and Children’s Geographies.
Nancy Worth is a Banting Fellow in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, Canada. Her current research examines work and social life with millennial women. She has published on temporality, sociality, mobilities, lifecourse research praxis and young people's transition to adulthood in journals such as Area, Geoforum, the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, Social & Cultural Geography and Urban Studies.
"Intergenerational space makes an important contribution to geographic literature by addressing the growing need to research at the intersections of age and spatial relations." - Children's Geographies, Michael J. Richardson, Newcastle University, UK