Diversity and inclusion in local governance: An Australian study of seniors' participation

Petriwskyj, Andrea, Warburton, Jeni, Everingham, Jo-Anne and Cuthill, Michael (2012) Diversity and inclusion in local governance: An Australian study of seniors' participation. Journal of Aging Studies, 26 2: 182-191. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.003


Author Petriwskyj, Andrea
Warburton, Jeni
Everingham, Jo-Anne
Cuthill, Michael
Title Diversity and inclusion in local governance: An Australian study of seniors' participation
Journal name Journal of Aging Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0890-4065
1879-193X
Publication date 2012-04
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.003
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 182
End page 191
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The importance of hearing older people's voices within local governance processes is well recognised; however, the increasing diversity among older people makes this complex. Questions around inclusion and exclusion, representation and representativeness create challenges for the ways in which diverse older people are engaged. This paper uses the results from a qualitative study conducted in Australia to address the key research question: how does diversity impact on older people's perceptions and experiences of barriers to participation in local governance? Results indicate that diversity impacts not simply on what barriers are reported by seniors, but on how those barriers are experienced. Patterns among the barriers reported and their relationship with diversity reflect questions around representation and inclusion. Thus despite broad acceptance of the notion that understanding diversity is integral to inclusion, challenges remain for older people's engagement with local governance processes. A deeper understanding of diversity and how it relates to inclusion are required.
Keyword Seniors
Older people
Diversity
Australia
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 29 December 2011

 
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