This book provides the first foundation of knowledge about the intellectual traditions, contemporary scope and future prospects for the interdisciplinary field of rural gerontology.

With a focus on rural regions, small towns and villages, which have the highest rates of population ageing worldwide, Rural Gerontology is aimed at understanding what it means for rural people, communities and institutions to be at the forefront of twenty-first-century demographic change. The book offers important insights from rural ageing studies into today’s most pressing gerontological problems. With chapters from more than 65 established and emerging rural ageing researchers, it is the first synthesis of knowledge about rural gerontology, harnessing a burgeoning interdisciplinary scholarship on the rural dimensions of ageing, old age and older populations. With a view to advancing a critical understanding of rural ageing populations, this book will have an overreaching impact across the social sciences by drawing on advancements in understandings of rural ageing from social, environmental, geographical and critical gerontology to facilitate a comprehensive exploration of the diversity, complexity and implications of the ageing process in rural settings.

Bringing together valuable international perspectives, this book makes a timely contribution to gerontology, rural studies and the social sciences, and will appeal to scholars and researchers across USA and Canada, UK and Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, China and countries in Africa, South America and South-East Asia.

part Part I|14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Introducing rural gerontology

ByMark Skinner, Rachel Winterton, Kieran Walsh

part Part II|61 pages

Interdisciplinary foundations

chapter 2|12 pages

Demographic ageing and rural population change

ByE. Helen Berry

chapter 3|11 pages

Rural studies of ageing

ByJesse Heley, Michael Woods

chapter 4|12 pages

Rural health and ageing

Making way for a critical gerontology of rural health
ByNeil Hanlon, Laura Poulin

chapter 5|12 pages

Critical human ecology and global contexts of rural ageing

ByNorah Keating, Jacquie Eales, Judith Phillips, Liat Ayalon, Mayeso Lazaro, Verónica Montes de Oca, Patricia Rea, Prakash Tyagi

chapter 6|12 pages

Critical social gerontology and rural ageing

ByVanessa Burholt, Thomas Scharf

part Part III|144 pages

Contemporary scope

chapter 7|14 pages

Rural ageing in low- and middle-income countries

ByPadmore Adusei Amoah, David R. Phillips

chapter 8|12 pages

Rural women, ageing and retirement

ByNata Duvvury, Áine Ní Léime, Tanya Watson

chapter 9|12 pages

Rural-urban migration of older people

Mobility, adaptation and accessibility
ByYang Cheng, David R. Phillips, Mark W. Rosenberg, Rachel Winterton

chapter 11|11 pages

Rural ageing, housing and homelessness

ByMaree Petersen

chapter 12|12 pages

Rural ageing and transportation

How a lack of transportation options can leave older rural populations stranded
ByStine Hansen, K. Bruce Newbold, Darren M. Scott, Brenda Vrkljan, Amanda Grenier, Kai Huang

chapter 13|12 pages

Rural community development in an era of population ageing

ByLaura Ryser, Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Neil Hanlon, Mark Skinner

chapter 14|11 pages

Making rural communities age-friendly

Issues and challenges
ByVerena Menec, Sheila Novek

chapter 15|13 pages

Rural ageing in place and place attachment

ByJanine Wiles, Robin Kearns, Laura Bates

chapter 16|11 pages

Place-bound rural community of older men

Social and autobiographical insideness of the Mill Village Boys in Finland
ByMarjaana Seppänen, Elisa Tiilikainen, Hanna Ojala, Ilkka Pietilä

chapter 17|11 pages

Social relations, connectivity and loneliness of older rural people

ByCatherine Hagan Hennessy, Anthea Innes

part Part IV|128 pages

Emerging critical perspectives

chapter 19|14 pages

Postcolonial perspectives on rural ageing in (South) Africa

Gendered vulnerabilities and intergenerational ambiguities of older African women
ByJaco Hoffman, Vera Roos

chapter 20|12 pages

Posthumanist traditions and their possibilities for rural gerontology

ByAndrew S. Maclaren, Gavin J. Andrews

chapter 21|13 pages

A Deweyan pragmatist perspective on rural gerontology

ByGraham D. Rowles, Malcolm P. Cutchin

chapter 22|13 pages

Interrogating the nature and meaning of social exclusion for rural dwelling older people

ByKieran Walsh, Sinéad Keogh, Brídín Carroll

chapter 23|12 pages

Defining the relationship between active citizenship and rural healthy ageing

A critical perspective
ByRachel Winterton, Jeni Warburton

chapter 24|13 pages

A critical view of older voluntarism in ageing rural communities

Prospect, precarity and global pandemics
ByAmber Colibaba, Mark Skinner, Elizabeth McCrillis

chapter 25|11 pages

Older people and poverty

Making critical connections in rural places
ByPaul Milbourne

chapter 26|12 pages

Critical perspectives on mental health, dementia and rural ageing

ByRachel Herron, Eamon O’Shea

chapter 27|13 pages

Rural gerontechnology

Arts-based insights into rural ageing and the use of technology
ByAn Kosurko, Mark Skinner, Rachel Herron, Rachel J. Bar, Alisa Grigorovich, Pia Kontos, Verena Menec

chapter 28|13 pages

Rural older people, climate change and disasters

ByMatthew Carroll, Judi Walker

part Part V|11 pages


chapter 29|9 pages

Towards a critical rural gerontology

ByRachel Winterton, Kieran Walsh, Mark Skinner