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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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The urban–rural split in ageing Australia

The urban–rural split in ageing Australia

diverging lifecourses, diverging experiences

(p.129) Eight The urban–rural split in ageing Australia
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Rachel Winterton

Jeni Warbuton

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People in urban and in rural areas live and age differently. The populations in rural areas are typically older than those in cities, which is partly due to youths and middle-agers migrating from the country-side to the city. Such migration experiences change life-course, e.g. because they alter the linkages between the lives of family members. Additionally, live-courses in cities and the country-side differ when it comes to live-expectancies. This difference is created, among other things, by the better access to social and health care services in urban areas. This chapter explicates the live-course differences between city-dwellers and those living in the country-side in Australia, which is a country with extensive rural areas.

Keywords:   urban-rural divide, Australia, environmental gerontology, linked lives, human agency

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