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Title: What's rural about rural ageing? : a non-representational approach
Author: Maclaren, Andrew Stewart
ISNI:       0000 0004 7961 2770
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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Affective and embodied knowledges have come to exert an influence on both rural studies and geographical gerontological research. Drawing together these two specialist areas of geographical research and considering the more pronounced demographic ageing experienced in rural areas in contrast to urban areas in western economies, this thesis explores the question what is rural about rural ageing, by interrogating the affective and emotional lives of older people living in contemporary rural Scotland. In conducting this research, I draw on non-representational theories as a mode of thought to attend to this aim. Through ethnographic fieldwork of a village in rural Scotland, I explore three empirically related aspects of rural ageing. First I explore the more-than human nature of rural spaces that older people experience. This leads, second, into a consideration of socialities as a contour of rural ageing and the notion of atmosphere as part of an affective and emotional element of rural living. Third, I consider time and lifecourse as a factor in rural ageing, which inform both the felt and embodied notions of a person's biography and a place's history in understanding the ageing in rural ageing. By applying non-representational theories to a study of rural ageing, this thesis ultimately contributes to ongoing debates within rural studies and geographical gerontology on affective rural lives by exploring felt and embodied dimensions of a particular spatial aspect of ageing that is increasing in the developed world. This thesis presents how non-representational theories as a mode of thought can be used to research the everyday experiences of people and their complex interdependencies in space and place.
Supervisor: Philip, Lorna ; Currie, Mags Sponsor: University of Aberdeen ; James Hutton Institute
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Rural elderly ; Aging