Start Date: February 2011
End Date: December 2011
This project seeks to problematise homogenising narratives of older people as predominately ‘static’ and ‘passive’, and therefore somehow less implicated in wider social and economic networks; perceptions compounded by the context of rural peripherality. While older people’s experiences may offer insights into the changing historical shape of communities, it is also vital to understand how older residents are shaping and can shape communities both in the present and future. This mode of investigation has the potential to inform policy and politics, where the function and capacity of older people in rural communities tends to be confined to concerns of healthcare. As such, the assumption that older residents do not, cannot, or will not contribute to sustainability agendas (environmentally, socially, economically and otherwise) is considered.
A pilot study was undertaken which explores the connections inherent in the lives and practices of older people within a specific rural community in Ceredigion. Research was primarily be undertaken through methods of in-depth qualitative interviewing, which will potentially be combined with other mixed methods approaches including the use of GIS/geo-tagging.