Home and Identity in Late Life International Perspectives

Home and Identity in Late Life International Perspectives

Home and Identity in Late Life International Perspectives

Home and Identity in Late Life International Perspectives

Synopsis

To use the words of volume editors Rowles and Chaudhury, ?Home is where we belong. It is our experience, recollections, imagination, and aspirations.' Presenting insightful essays and findings from empirical studies, leading contemporary scholars examine the meaning of home to elders and the ways in which this meaning may be sustained, threatened, or modified in association with both normal and pathological changes with growing old. For example, health and well being can be affected by an environmental change, such as a change in an established neighborhood or a forced relocation. Section topics explored include: The Essence of Home; Disruptions of Home: Creating and Recreating Home; and Community Perspective on the Meaning of Home. The volume concludes with a series of critical commentaries that add unique perspectives on the topic. Contributors include Hans-Werner Wahl, Robert L. Rubinstein, Edmund Sherman, Carolyn Norris-Baker, Rick Scheidt, and Maria Vesper

Excerpt

The seeds of this volume were planted at the 17th Congress of the International Association of Gerontology in Vancouver in July of 2001 during a conversation between the editors. Following numerous emails and telephone conversations with potential contributors, the silhouette of our edited collection began to take shape. Springer Publishing committed to the project at an early date but an array of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances delayed completion of the work. Thus, we are both glad and relieved to reach the end of an editorial tunnel and see the light of the print version of the book.

Home and Identity in Late Life, the first comprehensive volume on the concept of home and aging in more than a decade, consists of original essays and research studies providing a contemporary perspective on the complex relationship between home and identity as this relates to well being in late life. Perspectives presented are myriad. They represent a diversity of geographical, philosophical and methodological lenses revealing the depth and richness of the human experience of home.

Key features of the book include a critical interdisciplinary focus, an international perspective (with contributions from five continents), introduction of novel theoretical perspectives on the meaning of home, detailed empirical research, and exploration of practical implications of developing deeper understanding of the concept of home for planning and designing residential environments for elders. Aging societies throughout the world are moving through unprecedented demographic transitions. Increasing numbers and proportions of elders are expressing a variety of needs, presenting new challenges and exploring new opportunities. Against this backdrop, both researchers and practitioners are investigating the possibilities and constraints of "aging in place" and are creatively planning and promoting ways of providing the opportunity for . . .

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