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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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Ageing and social exclusion in rural communities

Ageing and social exclusion in rural communities

(p.96) (p.97) Ten Ageing and social exclusion in rural communities
Rural ageing

Thomas Scharf

Bernadette Bartlam

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the concept of social exclusion as a way to explore the issues around disadvantage faced by older people in rural communities. By focusing on social exclusion, the varied and often hidden nature of disadvantage that is experienced by older rural residents in many Western societies emerges. The discussion also uses findings from a qualitative study to examine the accounts of individuals on exclusion and explore the lifecourse influences on exclusion and assess the impacts of exclusion on quality of life. The chapter ends by explaining the distinctive features of rural older people's social exclusion and suggests some ways in which rural policy might service to reduce such exclusion.

Keywords:   social exclusion, issues on disadvantage, lifecourse influences, quality of life, distinctive features

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