Ageing and Place by Gavin J. Andrews, David R. Phillips

By Gavin J. Andrews, David R. Phillips

During contemporary years, an expanding quantity of educational learn has enthusiastic about older individuals with a selected emphasis on settings, locations and areas. This e-book offers a complete evaluate of analysis and the coverage zone of 'ageing and place'.

An insightful booklet on a tremendous subject, Andrews and Phillips have jointly edited a necessary info and reference resource for people with pursuits within the spatial dimensions of getting older within the twenty-first century. starting from macro-scale views at the distribution of older populations on nationwide scales, to the that means of particular neighborhood areas and settings to older contributors, at the micro-scale, the booklet spans a whole variety of analysis traditions and overseas perspectives.

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For others, being able to still reside in their own home was seen as a symbol of resistance to the ageing process itself. Recently, a key transition in research is from thinking of place as location or container for older people, and moving through a more theorised engagement with the politics of location. Moss (1997), for instance, invokes ideas from political economy to offer a socio-spatial analysis of the ways older women with disabilities (rheumatoid arthritis) navigate and (re)structure their home environments.

The impetus for these developments is to escape the reductionism of a unified science. As Katz states, gerontologists who are increasingly critical of social gerontology for its ‘narrow scientificity, advocate stronger ties to the humanities, endorse reflexive methodologies, historicise ideological attributes of old age, promote radical political engagement, and resignify the ageing process as heterogeneous and indeterminate’ (1996: 4). Emerging from the work of such critics is what Achenbaum has termed ‘inter-disciplinary amalgams’ (1995) through which scholars break from the positivist tradition of gerontology to make visible the complexity and contingency of old age while resisting the temptation to produce uniformity (Gubrium, 1993b).

Focus on micro processes of interaction in the context of everyday life has brought the social forces involved in dementia to the fore, challenging the construction of the disease as a fixed biomedical reality. Experiences of the illness are situated in a biographical context which has served to bring into sharp focus those interactions that depersonalise, disempower and invalidate a sufferer of dementia. This research illuminates the impact of cultural definitions, care settings and care-giving relationships on the experience of dementing illness as well as disease progression.

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