Ageing activists: who gets involved in older people's forums?

Barnes, Marian, Harrison, E. and Murray, Lesley (2012) Ageing activists: who gets involved in older people's forums? Ageing & Society, 32 (2). pp. 261-280. ISSN 0144-686X

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Based on research with members of two Senior Citizens Forums in the South East of England, this article examines the biographies and motivations of those who get involved in such activities, with particular emphasis on (a) how they see themselves in relation to ‘other older people’ and (b) their relationships with the places in which they live. We address these issues in relation to the characterisation of participants in such forums as the ‘usual suspects’ whose legitimacy to speak on behalf of others may be questioned, and by reference to a growing recognition of the significance of place in the lives of older people. Whilst the locations of the two Forums studied are geographically close, culturally they are quite distinct and we identify important differences in motivations, backgrounds and priorities of forum members in the two places that are associated with these differences. Our research confirms that place-based participation tends to engage those who are fitter and who have more social and cultural capital, but questions assumptions that this means they are spaces for the pursuit of self-interest.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press 2011
Uncontrolled Keywords: participation; place; motivations; older people's forums; identities
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1017/S0144686X11000328
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Applied Social Science
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 10:00
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 14:27

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