Countryside Connections

Older People, Community and Place in Rural Britain

Edited by Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt

Countryside Connections

Edited by Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447310303 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Seniors in rural areas are vastly under-researched compared to their urban counterparts. This innovative book offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on this issue, focusing on seniors’ roles as assets in rural civic society. The authors examine the ways in which rural elders are connected to community and place, the contributions they make to family and neighbors, and the organizations and groups to which they belong. They explore topics such as financial security, leisure, access to services, mobility, civic engagement, and digital inclusion, offering a comprehensive look at the lives of older people that challenges problem-focused views of aging in rural areas. 

Countryside connections in later life: Setting the scene

   ~ Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means and Vanessa Burholt

Conceptualising rural connectivities in later life

    ~ Nigel Curry, Vanessa Burholt, Catherine Hagan Hennessy

Rural connectivity and older people’s leisure participation

   ~ Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Yvette Staelens, Gloria Lankshear, Andy Phippen, Avril Silk, Daniel Zahra

Connecting with community: The nature of belonging among rural elders

  ~ Vanessa Burholt, Nigel Curry, Norah Keating, Jacquie Eales

Beyond transport: Understanding the role of mobilities in rural elders’ connectivity in civic society

   ~ Graham Parkhurst, Kathleen Galvin, Charles Musselwhite, Judith Phillips, Ian Shergold, Les Todres

Deep mapping and rural connectivities

   ~ Jane Bailey, Iain Biggs and Dan Buzzo

Older people, low income and place: Making connections in rural Britain

   ~ Paul Milbourne, Shane Doheny

Connecting with older people as project stakeholders: Lessons for public participation and engagement in rural research

   ~ Simon Evans, Ray Jones, Janet Smithson

Towards connectivity in a Grey and Pleasant Land?

   ~ Robin Means, Vanessa Burholt, Catherine Hagan Hennessy

Review Quotes
Rachel Herron, Brandon University | Canadian Journal on Aging
“The conceptual model, innovative methods, and empirics presented in this book provide a rich foundation for studies in other rural places.”
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