Understanding daily life of older people in a residential complex: the contribution of Lefebvre's social space

Petersen, Maree and Minnery, John (2013) Understanding daily life of older people in a residential complex: the contribution of Lefebvre's social space. Housing Studies, 28 6: 822-844. doi:10.1080/02673037.2013.768333

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Author Petersen, Maree
Minnery, John
Title Understanding daily life of older people in a residential complex: the contribution of Lefebvre's social space
Journal name Housing Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0267-3037
1466-1810
Publication date 2013
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02673037.2013.768333
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 6
Start page 822
End page 844
Total pages 23
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2301 Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3322 Urban Studies
Abstract This article contributes to the theoretical and applied understanding of daily life and the meaning of home for older people living in purpose-built, age-segregated complexes. Whilst gerontology has embraced spatial perspectives, it often fails to capture their diverse and changing nature. This article considers findings from a larger qualitative study that explored the geography of residential complexes in Brisbane, Australia, through the lens of Henri Lefebvre's theory of social space. Data relating to Lefebvre's concepts of spatial practice and spaces of representation clearly capture the routines, activities, attachments and imaginations that help or hinder older people connecting to their living environment. Talking with older people gave a rich account of how they use, think about and produce space and highlighted the tensions in providing this form of specialised housing. As well as providing theoretical insights, a nuanced understanding of social space informs policy and public discussion of older people's living environments.
Keyword Older people
Residential complexes
Housing policy
Lefebvre
Space
Place
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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