PRA Seminar November 2018 - Ageing and the City - Theodora Bowering

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The Open University

Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2

MK7

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Ageing and the city: older people's everyday mobility and place attachment in East London

Ageing is a heterogeneous process, key aspects of which are played out in the civic spaces of cities. In their everyday routines older people inhabit, traverse, observe, avoid and contest civic sites - streets, transport infrastructures, markets, community centres - assembling their own personal territories and networks, Readings of these assembalges offer insights into the existing spatial, temporal and social accessibility of civic spaces for older people. This research argues that age should be engaged in its urban and spatial dimensions and that older people need to be included in discussions of marginalisation in cities. A questioning of age as a factor of marginality in urban studies opens up debates on spaces and practices of excclusion, isolation, lonliness and fear, as well as mobility, vsibility and memory, that link with ageing studies. While ageing studies address the complexities of ageing and point to the importance of urban environments, this research is yet to be properly connected to and critiqued within urban and architectural disciplines. These disciplines offer a unique contribution and challenge to ageing and urban debates through concrete empirical analyses of space that act to ground the abstract in descriptions of everyday physical places. Along with empirical ethnography and spatial mappings of the London Borough of Newham, this research reveals how ordinary urban spaces are transformed through their quotidian occupation into civic places. They then demonstrate how fundamental these places are to older people, especially when vulnerable, and how they impact their ability to resist their marginalisation and be a part of the city.

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The Open University

Library Seminar Rooms 1 and 2

MK7

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Organiser Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies, The Open University

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Organised as three schools, the Faculty works across a range of disciplines including education, childhood and youth, health and social care, youth work, social work, languages and applied linguistics, nursing, and sport and fitness.

 

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