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Countryside connectionsOlder people, community and place in rural Britain$
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Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310303

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.001.0001

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Older people, low income and place

Older people, low income and place

making connections in rural Britain

(p.193) Seven Older people, low income and place
Countryside connections

Shane Doheny

Paul Milbourne

Policy Press

The chapter provides a critical exploration of the situations and experiences of older people living on low income in different rural places in England and Wales. It draws on evidence from a survey of older people and qualitative materials from interviews with, and diaries produced by older people on low income. The survey evidence indicates that low income and material deprivation represent significant features of older people’s lives in rural areas. However, qualitative research highlights the ways in which poverty is largely denied by those on low income, with attachments to place – involving connections to the social, cultural and natural attributes of place - constructed as compensating for material restrictions imposed by low income.

Keywords:   older people, rural poverty, attachment to place

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