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Countryside connections: Older people, community and place in rural Britain

Catherine Hennessy, Robin Means, Vanessa Burholt Orcid Logo

Swansea University Author: Vanessa Burholt Orcid Logo

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Older people in the countryside are vastly under-researched compared to those in urban areas. This innovative volume offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on this issue, focusing on older people's role as assets in rural civic society and demonstrating how the use of diverse methods fro...

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ISBN: 9781447310303 9781447310310
Published: Bristol ; Chicago Policy Press 2014
Online Access: https://policypress.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.001.0001/upso-9781447310303
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa17951
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Abstract: Older people in the countryside are vastly under-researched compared to those in urban areas. This innovative volume offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on this issue, focusing on older people's role as assets in rural civic society and demonstrating how the use of diverse methods from across disciplines aims to increase public engagement with this research. The authors examine the ways in which rural elders are connected to community and place, the contributions they make to family and neighbours, and the organisation and groups to which they belong. Highly topical issues around later life explored through these perspectives include olde people's finacial security, leisure, access to services, transport and mobility, civic engagement and digital inclusion - all considered with the rural context in an era of fiscal austerity. In doing so, this book challenges problem-based views of ageing rural popuations through considering barriers and faciltators to older people's inclusion and opportunities for community participation in rural settings.
Keywords: Older people, Great Britain, Social Science, Discrimination & Race Relations, Minority Studies, Social Work, Rural conditions, Society, Older people Great Britain attitudes.
College: College of Human and Health Sciences