Residential complexes in Queensland, Australia: A space of segregation and ageism?

Petersen, Maree and Warburton, Jeni (2012) Residential complexes in Queensland, Australia: A space of segregation and ageism?. Ageing and Society, 32 1: 60-84. doi:10.1017/S0144686X10001534

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Author Petersen, Maree
Warburton, Jeni
Title Residential complexes in Queensland, Australia: A space of segregation and ageism?
Journal name Ageing and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-686X
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S0144686X10001534
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 60
End page 84
Total pages 25
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In western countries, large residential complexes comprising retirement villages and care facilities have become synonymous with specialised housing for older people, but gerontology has tended to view retirement villages and care facilities as separate and different spaces. By researching these spaces separately, gerontology's examination of the development of residential complexes and older people's housing has been hindered. This paper explores the geographies of residential complexes in south-east Queensland, Australia, by employing data from a larger study that utilised Lefebvre's spatial framework, social space. Its specific focus is Lefebvre's concept of representations of space, part of the triad of social space. The paper outlines how the professional knowledge of designers, planners and policy makers shape and frame the place of older people in contemporary society. The findings indicate that professional knowledge is characterised by contradictions, and that business interests sustain stereotypes of older people as either ageless or dependent. Furthermore, spaces designed for older people reinforce historical legacies of separation from the community. This form of built environment can thus be seen as both a cause and effect of ageism. Generally, the lack of attention by gerontology to these spaces has hampered discussion of alternatives for older people's housing in Australia and, importantly, the development of responsive urban and social planning.
Keyword Older people
Residential complexes
Housing policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 07 February 2011.

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Created: Tue, 15 Mar 2011, 11:31:49 EST by Ms Maree Petersen on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services