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Age-Friendly Cities and CommunitiesA Global Perspective$
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Tine Buffel, Sophie Handler, and Chris Phillipson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331315

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331315.001.0001

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Addressing erasure, microfication and social change: age-friendly initiatives and environmental gerontology in the 21st century

Addressing erasure, microfication and social change: age-friendly initiatives and environmental gerontology in the 21st century

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(p.51) Four Addressing erasure, microfication and social change: age-friendly initiatives and environmental gerontology in the 21st century
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Age-Friendly Cities and Communities
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Jessica A. Kelley

Dale Dannefer

Luma Issa Al Masarweh

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447331315.003.0004

Chapter 4 argues for a greater awareness and understanding of how macro-level developments, such as gentrification and transnational migration, influence the creation of AFCCs. It identifies two key challenges which limit the success and effectiveness of both age-friendly initiatives and the scholarly field of environmental gerontology: first, microfication, or the tendency to focus on immediate aspects of everyday life while overlooking broader, overarching aspects of the social context that define and set key parameters of daily experience; and second, erasure, referring to the issue that certain groups of people remain ‘unseen’ in policy, research, or institutional practices. Remedying the limiting effects of these tendencies will be essential to increase the value and effectiveness of both of these enterprises, the authors conclude.

Keywords:   Age-friendly cities and communities, Environmental gerontology, Globalisation, Inequality, Social exclusion, Gentrification, Transnational migration

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