Ageing in Urban Neighbourhoods: Place Attachment and Social Exclusion (Ageing and the Lifecourse Series)

Ageing in Urban Neighbourhoods: Place Attachment and Social Exclusion (Ageing and the Lifecourse Series)

By: Allison E. Smith (author)

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Many western nations have experienced a rise in the number of marginalised and deprived inner-city neighbourhoods. Despite a plethora of research focused on these areas, there remain few studies that have sought to capture the 'optimality' of ageing in place in such places. In particular, little is known about why some older people desire to age in place despite multiple risks in their neighbourhood and why others reject ageing in place. Given the growth in both the ageing of the population and policy interest in the cohesion and sustainability of neighbourhoods there is an urgent need to better understand the experience of ageing in marginalised locations.This book aims to address the shortfall in knowledge regarding older people's attachment to deprived neighbourhood and in so doing progress what critics have referred to as the languishing state of environmental gerontology. The author examines new cross-national research with older people in deprived urban neighbourhoods and suggests a rethinking and refocusing of the older person's relationship with place. Impact on policy and future research are also discussed. This book will be relevant to academics, students, architects, city planners and policy makers with an interest in environmental gerontology, social exclusion, urban sustainability and design of the built environment.

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Allison Smith is a research fellow at the Institute for Life Course Studies at Keele University and a policy advisor for the Social Exclusion Task Force in the Cabinet Office, London. Allison has previously worked as a policy advisor for the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and as a researcher on the Economic and Social Research Council's Growing Older Programme examining the quality of life and social exclusion of older people living in three English cities.


Part one: Revisiting the person-environment fit: Environmental gerontology; Urban ageing; Ageing in deprived urban areas; Part two: Rethinking the person-environment fit: Skid Row? Optimality of 'ageing in place'; Case studies: ageing in deprived neighbourhoods; Re-conceptualising the person-environmental relationship; Refocusing the person-environment fit; The way forward: building sustainability; Influences and future challenges; Conclusion.

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/09/2009
  • ISBN13: 9781847422705
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781847422705
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 1847422705

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