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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part Part I|14 pages
part Part II|61 pages
part Part III|144 pages
chapter 12|12 pages
Rural ageing and transportation
chapter 16|11 pages
Place-bound rural community of older men
part Part IV|128 pages
Emerging critical perspectives
chapter 19|14 pages
Postcolonial perspectives on rural ageing in (South) Africa
chapter 23|12 pages
Defining the relationship between active citizenship and rural healthy ageing
chapter 24|13 pages
A critical view of older voluntarism in ageing rural communities
chapter 27|13 pages
part Part V|11 pages