Environment and Identity in Later Life

Paperback | December 1, 2005

bySheila Peace, Leonie Kellaher, Caroline Holland

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Throughout life, our everyday interactions with material, social, and psychological environments influence our self identity: and ‘who we think we are’ influences how we behave in particular places. In later life, people bring to this relationship a lifetime’s experience that makes certain associations more or less important. This book explores the relationship between environment and identity for older people.

In this detailed ethnographic study, older people talk in depth about their situations and experiences of space and place. The book examines the experience of men and women of different ages and cultures living in a range of different kinds of places, including ‘ordinary’ and ‘special’ housing - from a high-rise flat to a residential care home - in semi-rural, urban and metropolitan locations within the Midlands and south-east England.

This research enables us to appreciate how older people manage their needs within the context of their whole lives. Many are able to achieve a ‘life of quality’ as they constantly engage and re-engage with their environment. The discussion of how environmental complexity influences people in developing and maintaining their own identity is essential for those involved in planning, designing, caring and supporting people as they age.

Environment and Identity in Later Life is key reading for students, practitioners and policy makers interested in quality of life for older people.

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Throughout life, our everyday interactions with material, social, and psychological environments influence our self identity: and ‘who we think we are’ influences how we behave in particular places. In later life, people bring to this relationship a lifetime’s experience that makes certain associations more or less important. This book...

Sheila Peace is Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. She is both a human geographer and a gerontologist with research interests in environment and ageing, residential care services and the regulation of care services. Founder member with Leonie Kellaher of CESSA ( Centre for Environment and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 3.58 × 2.4 × 0.22 inPublished:December 1, 2005Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335215114

ISBN - 13:9780335215119

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Placing the self
Housing histories
Location, location, location
Thresholds
Homing in
Pacing the self
Living the layered environment
Tracing the self
References
Index