Ageing in rural communities: from idyll to exclusion?

Key, Wesley (2013) Ageing in rural communities: from idyll to exclusion? In: Interpreting rurality: multidisciplinary approaches. Routledge, pp. 251-266. ISBN 9780415696722

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Substantial changes to the socio-economic fabric of rural Britain have occurred since the mid-twentieth century. The decline of rural employment opportunities, multi-generation households, village shops and strong community networks has run parallel to the ageing of rural populations and the out-migration of young adults to employment and affordable housing opportunities in urban areas. These trends have come alongside an element of counter-urbanisation: an in-flow of mobile, affluent commuters and retirees attracted by images of cleaner, greener rural landscapes and the slower pace of rural life. This chapter considers the factors that affect people’s experiences of growing older within rural Britain, focusing upon why it becomes more difficult to access service provision and opportunities for social interaction as people move into the Fourth Age of the life-course.

Keywords:Older people, Social exclusion
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
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ID Code:12497
Deposited On:01 Nov 2013 16:01

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