P29
Aging as a placed experience: the fluidity of different modes of relationships

Convenors:
Karin Johansson (Karolinska Institutet)
Margarita Mondaca (Karolinska Institutet)
Eric Asaba (Karolinska Institutet)
Tiina Suopajärvi (University of Helsinki)
Discussant:
Kristiina Korjonen-Kuusipuro
Location:
Ülikooli 16, 102
Start time:
2 July, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel expands the understanding of the situation for older persons, through concepts, methods, and empirical studies that encompass the fluidity that characterise how older persons engage with places, recognizing different modes of relationships to multiple places.

Long abstract:

People age in places, and increasingly people today age in a country other than their country of origin. This geographical flexibility, characterizing migration between different world regions, fundamentally challenges conventional concepts and research methods applied in existing aging research. Simultaneously, recent research point at the flexibility and fluidity characterising, in the words of Tim Ingold, how humans’ live their lives through, around and to and from different placed situations, also when situated in a familiar home and/or world region. Present aging research tends to build on the ideology of continuity and stability, expressed through concepts such as aging in place and place attachment, which are explicitly challenged in the context of mobility characterized by migration. The situation for older migrants is gaining increasing attention in research worldwide. However, this research tends to build upon views that focus on how ethnicity and culture are expressed in relation to preferences and habits, reinforcing stereotypes and generalizations about elderly migrants. This panel invites papers that focus on, for example, on how aging in general affects people’s spatial practices, experiences, and relations; or, in particular, the understanding of the situation for older persons with migration experiences, through concepts, methods, and empirical studies that encompass the fluidity that characterises aging as placed experience, and recognizes the different modes of relationships to multiple places. In particular this panel will highlight how such fluidity takes form and is expressed in everyday practices involving older persons, family, the local community, and national as well as transnational institutions.