Social change in the twenty-first century is shaped by both demographic changes associated with ageing societies and significant technological change and development. Outlining the basic principles of a new academic field, Socio-gerontechnology, this book explores common conceptual, theoretical and methodological ideas that become visible in the critical scholarship on ageing and technology at the intersection of Age Studies and Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Comprised of 15 original chapters, three commentaries and an afterword, the book explores how ageing and technology are already interconnected and constantly being intertwined in Western societies. Topics addressed cover a broad variety of socio-material domains, including care robots, the use of social media, ageing-in-place technologies, the performativity of user involvement and public consultations, dementia care and many others. Together, they provide a unique understanding of ageing and technology from a social sciences and humanities perspective and contribute to the development of new ontologies, methodologies and theories that might serve as both critique of and inspiration for policy and design.

International in scope, including contributions from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Australia, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden, Socio-gerontechnology is an agenda-setting text that will provide an introduction for students and early career researchers as well as for more established scholars who are interested in ageing and technology.

Chapters 3, 5, and 15 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

chapter Chapter 1|23 pages

Socio-gerontechnology: key themes, future agendas

ByAlexander Peine, Barbara L. Marshall, Wendy Martin, Louis Neven

part I|76 pages

Bridges: critical frameworks of ageing and technology

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages

Fragile robots and coincidental innovation

Turning Socio-gerontechnology towards ontology
ByMarie Ertner, Aske Juul Lassen
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chapter Chapter 4|14 pages

Topographies of ageing

A new materialist analysis of ageing-in-place
ByMonika Urban

chapter Chapter 5|15 pages


The agential inseparability of ageing and assistive technologies
ByMichela Cozza
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chapter Chapter 6|14 pages

Civilising technologies for an ageing society? The performativity of participatory methods in Socio-gerontechnology

ByDaniel López Gómez, Tomás Sánchez Criado

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Agents or actants

What technology might make of later life?
ByChris Gilleard, Paul Higgs

chapter Chapter 8|5 pages


Re-imagining the ageing and technology nexus
ByTiago Moreira

part II|78 pages

Encounters: empirical approaches to ageing and technology

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

'Send me a WhatsApp when you arrive home'

Mediated practices of caring about
ByRoser Beneito-Montagut, Arantza Begueria

chapter Chapter 10|14 pages

Making and unmaking ageing-in-place

Towards a co-constructive understanding of ageing and place
BySusan van Hees, Anna Wanka, Klasien Horstman

chapter Chapter 11|15 pages

Age matters

Senior exclusions, designing consultations and a municipal action plan for age-(un)friendly cities
ByConstance Lafontaine, Kim Sawchuk

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

Dementia scripts

ByJenny M. Bergschöld

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Between repair and bricolage

Digital entanglements and fragile connections in dementia care work in Denmark
ByNete Schwennesen

chapter Chapter 14|6 pages


Encountering ageing, science and technology - whose future? whose definition of ageing?
ByKelly Joyce

part III|61 pages

Design: critical reflections and new approaches

chapter Chapter 15|16 pages

Configuring the older adult

How age and ageing are re-configured in gerontechnology design
ByAndreas Bischof, Juliane Jarke
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chapter Chapter 16|15 pages

Co-designing technologies for care

Spaces of co-habitation
ByHelen Manchester

chapter Chapter 18|7 pages


Technology, design and the 3Ps - the problem of problematising ageing as problematic
ByBarbara Barbosa Neves

chapter Chapter 19|8 pages


Why Socio-gerontechnology today
ByStephen Katz