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Rural ageingA good place to grow old?$
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Norah Keating

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349019

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.001.0001

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Participation in rural contexts: community matters

Participation in rural contexts: community matters

(p.74) (p.75) Eight Participation in rural contexts: community matters
Rural ageing

Julia Rozanova

Donna Dosman

Jenny de Jong Gierveld

Policy Press

This chapter demonstrates the ways in which the characteristics of rural communities may or may not foster the social participation of older rural residents. It focuses on two kinds of participation: helping others and volunteer activities in formal organisations. These two types of participation show the different ways to engage with and contribute to the community. While helping others is based on individual connections, volunteer activities are community oriented.

Keywords:   social participation, helping others, volunteer activities, formal organisations, individual connections, community oriented

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