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Countryside connections: Older people, community and place in rural Britain

Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means, and Vanessa Burholt


Older people in the countryside are vastly under-researched compared to those living in urban areas. This co-authored volume describes the impetus for and principal findings and policy implications of the Grey and Pleasant Land (GaPL) project, a recent major interdisciplinary study of rural ageing in southwest England and Wales. The topic of this research is older people’s participation in rural community life, in particular the ways in which rural elders are connected to their communities and their contributions to rural civic society. This volume offers a unique interdisciplinary perspectiv ... More

Keywords: rural ageing, interdisciplinary research, civic engagement, social participation, social inclusion

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447310303
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310303.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Hagan Hennessy, editor

Robin Means, editor

Vanessa Burholt, editor

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One Countryside connections in later life

Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Robin Means and Vanessa Burholt

Two Conceptualising rural connectivities in later life

Nigel Curry, Vanessa Burholt and Catherine Hagan Hennessy

Three Rural connectivity and older people’s leisure participation

Catherine Hagan Hennessy, Yvette Staelens, Gloria Lankshear, Andrew Phippen, Avril Silk and Daniel Zahra

Four Connecting with community

Vanessa Burholt, Nigel Curry, Norah Keating and Jacquie Eales

Five Beyond transport

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

Six Deep mapping and rural connectivities

Jane Bailey, Iain Biggs and Daniel Buzzo

Seven Older people, low income and place

Shane Doheny and Paul Milbourne

Eight Connecting with older people as project stakeholders

Simon Evans, Ray Jones and Janet Smithson

Nine Towards connectivity in a Grey and Pleasant Land?

Robin Means, Vanessa Burholt and Catherine Hagan Hennessy

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