Environment and Identity in Later Life
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Environment and Identity in Later Life by Sheila M. Peace
Book DescriptionThroughout 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780335215119
(91mm x 61mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Open University Press
Publisher: Open University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sheila M. Peace
Ageing in Society, Paperback (February 2007)
Presents an introduction to the study of ageing. This book reflects trends in gerontology, incorporating developments in theory and research as well as international and interdisciplinary perspectives. It also examines cognitive ageing, social protection, retirement, health and illness, and cultural images of old age.
End of Life in Care Homes, Paperback (April 2003)
End of Life in Care Homes describes what happens in nursing and residential care homes when a resident is dying, how carers cope, and the practical, health and emotional challenges that carers face on top of their day-to-day work. Based on detailed research from both the UK and US, the book shows how the situation can be improved.
Researching Social Gerontology, Paperback (September 1990)» View all books by Sheila M. Peace
The contributors discuss concepts in gerontology, presenting the subject both theoretically and practically. They provide information on a number of methodological approaches to research which have proved useful. The text assesses whether old people require special ethical consideration.
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Author Biography - Sheila M. Peace
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 Social Studies in Ageing), London Metropolitan University. Leonie Kellaher is Director of CESSA. An anthropologist and gerontologist. Her most recent research included the ESRC funded study of 'Cemetery as garden'. Caroline Holland is a Research Associate in the School of Health and Social Welfare at the Open University where she undertook doctoral work on housing histories.She is also a geographer and gerontologist. She has previously worked with local authorities and housing associations, and her main research interests are housing, environment and the life course. Sheila Peace and Caroline Holland edited 'Inclusive Housing in and Ageing Society' for Policy Press in 2001.
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