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Navigating old age and the urban terrain: geographies of ageing from Africa
journal contributionposted on 2020-07-16, 14:15 authored by Katie McQuaid, James Esson, Katherine V. GoughKatherine V. Gough, Ross Wignall
This paper extends research on geographies of ageing in relation to urban academic and policy debates. We illustrate how older people in urban African contexts deploy their agency through social and spatial (im)mobilities, intergenerational relations and (inter)dependencies. Through doing so, we reveal how urban contexts shape, and are shaped by, older people’s tactics for seizing opportunities and navigating the urban terrain. Our analysis demonstrates how a more substantive dialogue between insights on ageing in African contexts and urban ageing policy can create new forms of knowledge that are more equitable and just, both epistemologically and in their policy impacts.
This work was supported by the ‘African Rural-City Connections’ (RurbanAfrica) research project. RurbanAfrica was funded by the European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme (theme SSH), Grant Agreement no. 290732. More information can be found at: http://rurbanafrica.ku.dk/.
- Social Sciences and Humanities
- Geography and Environment
Published inProgress in Human Geography
- VoR (Version of Record)
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Publisher statementThis is an Open Access Article. It is published by SAGE Publications under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/