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Developing A Model of Mobility Capital for An Ageing Population / Charles Musselwhite; Theresa Scott

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Volume: 16, Issue: 18, Start page: 3327

Swansea University Author: Musselwhite, Charles

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/ijerph16183327

Abstract

Driving a car meets older people’s needs, providing utility (getting from A to B), psychosocial(providing identity and roles and feelings of independence and normality) and aesthetic (mobility forits own sake) mobilities. Giving up driving is related to poorer health and wellbeing. This paperaddress...

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Published in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
ISSN: 1660-4601
Published: mdpi 2019
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa51754
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Abstract: Driving a car meets older people’s needs, providing utility (getting from A to B), psychosocial(providing identity and roles and feelings of independence and normality) and aesthetic (mobility forits own sake) mobilities. Giving up driving is related to poorer health and wellbeing. This paperaddresses how older people cope when they give up driving, using Bourdieu’s theory of capital as away of categorising different barriers and enablers to managing without a car in a hypermobile society.Older people are most likely to mention barriers and enablers to mobility relating to infrastructurecapital (technology, services, roads, pavements, finance and economics), followed by social capital(friends, family, neighbourhood and community). Cultural capital (norms, expectations, rules, laws)and individual capital (skills, abilities, resilience, adaptation and desire and willingness to change)are less important but still significantly contribute to older people’s mobility. Implications for policyand practice suggest that provision for older people beyond the car must explore capital across allfour of the domains.
Keywords: ageing, older people, later life, mobilities, social capital, cultural capital, transport, giving up driving, driving cessation
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 18
Start Page: 3327