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Geographies of age: thinking relationally

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Abstract:

In contrast to recent treatment of other social identities, geographers’ work on age still focuses disproportionately on the social-chronological margins – the very young and (to a far lesser extent) the very old – and rarely connects them directly. We outline the benefits of creating relational geographies of age, in order to build out from the recent explosion of children's geographies, and discuss three helpful concepts: intergenerationality, intersectionality and lifecourse. We suggest that participation provides one epistemological vehicle for getting beyond geographies which are mainly adults’.

Keywords: age; intergenerationality; intersectionality; lifecourse; relationality

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4762.2007.00750.x

Affiliations: 1: School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, Newcastle NE1 7RU, Email: peter.hopkins@ncl.ac.uk 2: Department of Geography, Durham University, Durham DH1 3LE

Publication date: September 1, 2007

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