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There's No Place Like Home: Place and Care in an Ageing Society

By Christine Milligan

© 2009 – Routledge

188 pages

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Against a background of debate around global ageing and what this means in terms of the future care need of older people, this book addresses key concerns about the nature and site of care and care-giving. Following a critical review of research into who cares, where and how, it uses geographical perspectives to present a comprehensive analysis of how the intersection of informal care-giving within domestic, community and residential care homes can create complex landscapes and organizational spatialities of care. Drawing on contemporary case studies largely, but not exclusively from the UK, the book reviews and develops a theoretical basis for a geographical analysis of the issue of care. By relating these theoretical concepts to empirical data and case studies it illustrates how formal and informal care-giver responses to the changing landscape of care can act to facilitate or constrain the development of inclusionary models of care.


'This book fills a significant gap in the literature on health and social care in today's ageing societies. In an engaging overview, from a health geography perspective, it emphasises the importance of varying settings for care, changing societies and technologies and the roles of informal as well as formal carers.' Sarah Curtis, Durham University, UK '…a timely and valuable contribution to emerging work in the geography of care and care-giving… This book will be of interest to students and researchers working in the health and social sciences.' The Journal of Ageing and Society

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; Conceptualising the complex landscapes of care; Who cares? People, place and gender; Mapping the contours of care - international and transnational perspectives; Care and home; The impact of new care technologies on home and care; Care and community?; Care and transition - from community to residential care; Emotion and the socio-spatial mediation of care; Reconfiguring the landscape of care: porosity, integration and extitution; Concluding commentary; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Christine Milligan is Professor of Health and Social Geography at Lancaster University, UK

About the Series

Geographies of Health Series

Geographies of Health Series
There is growing interest in the geographies of health and a continued interest in what has more traditionally been labeled medical geography. The traditional focus of ’medical geography’ on areas such as disease ecology, health service provision and disease mapping (all of which continue to reflect a mainly quantitative approach to inquiry) has evolved to a focus on a broader, theoretically informed epistemology of health geographies in an expanded international reach. As a result, we now find this subdiscipline characterized by a strongly theoretically-informed research agenda, embracing a range of methods (quantitative; qualitative and the integration of the two) of inquiry concerned with questions of: risk; representation and meaning; inequality and power; culture and difference, among others. Health mapping and modeling, has simultaneously been strengthened by the technical advances made in multilevel modeling, advanced spatial analytic methods and GIS, while further engaging in questions related to health inequalities, population health and environmental degradation. This series publishes superior quality research monographs and edited collections representing contemporary applications in the field; this encompasses original research as well as advances in methods, techniques and theories. The Geographies of Health series will capture the interest of a broad body of scholars, within the social sciences, the health sciences and beyond.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography