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Ageing in a changing place: a qualitative study of neighbourhood exclusion
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social Work. Karolinska Institutet; Stockholm University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7685-3216
2019 (English)In: Ageing & Society, ISSN 0144-686X, E-ISSN 1469-1779Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

An inclusive neighbourhood is a key facilitator enabling older adults to age in place. Neighbourhoods have been identified as a dimension of social exclusion important to older adults, and it has been argued that older adults are particularly vulnerable to neighbourhood change. The aim of this study was to explore older adults’ experiences of neighbourhood exclusion within the context of neighbourhood change. Focus groups were undertaken in the urban and rural areas of a metropolitan borough in England involving a total of 41 older adults, with data analysed via thematic analysis. Urban areas in the borough studied have transformed following the closure of the mining industry, with a high level of deprivation in many areas, while some rural areas have undergone gentrification. Within the context of structural neighbourhood change, four themes were identified: community cohesion, political agency, feelings of safety and the physical environment. The themes were interlinked, which calls for collaboration across traditional lines of professional responsibility, and for research that encompasses different aspects of neighbourhood exclusion. This study contributes with knowledge on older adults’ experiences of exclusion, including novel findings on the importance of political agency and collective memory, and identifies actions to combat exclusion. An active involvement of older adults in the development of initiatives to tackle social exclusion is recommended.

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2019.
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older adults, social exclusion, social integration, neighbourhood, community, political agency, crime, environment
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Social Work Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-30081DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X1900045XScopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065313812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-30081DiVA, id: diva2:1317089
Available from: 2019-05-21 Created: 2019-05-21 Last updated: 2019-05-21Bibliographically approved

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