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P20b


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Ageing and older age: unsettling development assumptions II 
Convenors:
Tanja Bastia (University of Manchester)
Julie Vullnetari (University of Southampton)
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Stream:
Policy and practice
Format:
Papers
Sessions:
Thursday 1 July, 15:00-16:45 (UTC+1)

Short Abstract:

This panel seeks papers that unsettle development stereotypes by addressing the process of ageing and the lived experiences of older people.

Long Abstract

Older people are generally thought of as being vulnerable, passive and dependent on others for their wellbeing. Yet existing and emerging research confirms a more complex reality: that many people in later stages of their lives are resilient, lead active lives and make direct contributions to the wellbeing of other family members as well as development more broadly. This panel seeks papers that unsettle development stereotypes of older people by looking at the process of ageing and the lived experiences of older people. We are particularly interested in:

- analysing development discourses around ageing and older people;

- documenting the active contributions that older people make to their families, communities, countries and/or the process of development more broadly;

- untangling intergenerational inter-dependencies and how these vary across time and space;

- the different meanings of old age and the process of ageing across different contexts;

- state provision (or lack of) for people in later stages of their lives;

- the active involvement of older people in civil society organisations, and how this contributes to their lives and those of others;

- older people and medicine, including the tensions between traditional and indigenous medicine and Western medicine practice and provision;

- older age and social reproduction;

- the delicate process of translating research findings into meaningful policy suggestions.

Accepted papers: