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Rural Gerontology
Towards Critical Perspectives on Rural Ageing

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December 28, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
408 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides the first foundation of knowledge about the intellectual traditions, contemporary scope and future prospects for the interdisciplinary field of rural gerontology.  

With a focus on rural regions, small towns and villages, which have the highest rates of population ageing worldwide, Rural Gerontology is aimed at understanding what it means for rural people, communities and institutions to be at the forefront of twenty-first century demographic change. The book offers important insights from rural ageing studies into today’s most pressing gerontological problems. With chapters from more than 65 established and emerging rural ageing researchers, it is the first synthesis of knowledge about rural gerontology, harnessing a burgeoning interdisciplinary scholarship on the rural dimensions of ageing, old age and older populations. With a view to advancing a critical understanding of rural ageing populations, this book will have an overreaching impact across the social sciences by drawing on advancements in understandings of rural ageing from social, environmental, geographical and critical gerontology to facilitate a comprehensive exploration of the diversity, complexity and implications of the ageing process in rural settings. 

Bringing together valuable international perspectives, this book makes a timely contribution to gerontology, rural studies and the social sciences, and will appeal to scholars and researchers across USA and Canada, UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand Europe, South Africa, and China.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction

1. Introducing Rural Gerontology

Mark Skinner, Rachel Winterton, and Kieran Walsh

Part 2: Interdisciplinary Foundations

2. Demographic Ageing and Rural Population Change

E. Helen Berry

3. Rural Studies of Ageing

Jesse Heley and Michael Woods

4. Rural Health and Ageing: Making Way for a Critical Gerontology of Rural Health

Neil Hanlon and Laura Poulin

5. Critical Human Ecology and Global Contexts of Rural Ageing

Norah Keating, Jacquie Eales, Judith Phillips, Liat Ayalon, Mayeso Lazaro, Verónica Montes de Oca, Patricia Rea, and Prakash Tyagi

6. Critical Social Gerontology and Rural Ageing

Vanessa Burholt and Thomas Scharf

Part 3: Contemporary Scope

7. Rural Ageing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Padmore Adusei Amoah, and David R. Phillips

8. Rural Women, Ageing and Retirement

Nata Duvvury, Áine Ní Léime, and Tanya Watson

9. Rural-Urban Migration of Older People: Mobility, Adaptation and Accessibility

Yang Cheng, David R. Phillips, Mark W. Rosenberg, and Rachel Winterton

10. Policy and Program Challenges in Delivering Health and Social Care Services to Rural Older People

Nina Glasgow and Stefanie Doebler

11. Rural Ageing, Housing and Homelessness

Maree Petersen

12. Rural Ageing and Transportation: How a Lack of Transportation Options Can Leave Older Rural Populations Stranded

Stine Hansen, K. Bruce Newbold, Darren M. Scott, Brenda Vrkljan, Amanda Grenier, and Kai Huang

13. Rural Community Development in an Era of Population Ageing

Laura Ryser, Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Neil Hanlon, Mark Skinner

14. Making Rural Communities Age-Friendly: Issues and Challenges

Verena Menec, Sheila Novek

15. Rural Ageing in Place and Place Attachment

Janine Wiles, Robin Kearns, Laura Bates

16. Place-Bound Rural Community of Older Men: Social and Autobiographical Insideness of the Mill Village Boys in Finland

Marjaana Seppänen, Elisa Tiilikainen, Hanna Ojala, Ilkka Pietilä

17. Social Relations, Connectivity and Loneliness of Older Rural People

Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Anthea Innes

18. Understanding and Performing Care in Rural Contexts in Central Europe

Anna Urbaniak

Part 4: Emerging Critical Perspectives

19. Post-Colonial Perspectives on Rural Ageing in (South) Africa: Gendered Vulnerabilities and Intergenerational Ambiguities of Older African Women

Jaco Hoffman, Vera Roos

20. Posthumanist Traditions and Their Possibilities for Rural Gerontology

Andrew S. Maclaren, Gavin J. Andrews

21. A Deweyan Pragmatist Perspective on Rural Gerontology

Graham D. Rowles, Malcolm P. Cutchin

22. Interrogating the Nature and Meaning of Social Exclusion for Rural Dwelling Older People

Kieran Walsh, Sinead Keogh and Brídín Carroll

23. Defining the Relationship Between Active Citizenship and Rural Healthy Ageing: A Critical Perspective

Rachel Winterton, Jeni Warburton

24. A Critical View of Older Voluntarism in Ageing Rural Communities: Prospects, Precarity and Global Pandemics

Amber Colibaba, Mark Skinner, Elizabeth McCrillis

25. Older People and Poverty: Making Critical Connections in Rural Places

Paul Milbourne

26. Critical Perspectives on Mental Health, Dementia and Rural Ageing

Rachel Herron, Eamon O’Shea

27. Rural Gerontechnology: Arts-Based Insights into Rural Ageing and the Use of Technology

An Kosurko, Mark Skinner, Rachel Herron, Rachel J. Bar, Alisa Grigorovich, Pia Kontos, Verena Menec

28. Rural Older People, Climate Change and Disasters

Matthew Carroll, Judi Walker

Part 5: Conclusion

29. Towards A Critical Rural Gerontology

Rachel Winterton, Kieran Walsh, Mark Skinner

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Mark Skinner is Dean of Social Sciences at Trent University, Canada where he is also Professor of Geography and holds the Canada Research Chair in Rural Aging, Health and Social Care.

Rachel Winterton is a Senior Research Fellow at the John Richards Centre for Rural Ageing Research, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University, Australia.

Kieran Walsh is Professor of Ageing & Public Policy in the Discipline of Economics and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland Galway.