Providing the first UK assessment of environmental gerontology, this book enriches current understanding of the spatiality of ageing.
Sheila Peace considers how places and spaces contextualise personal experience in varied environments, from urban and rural to general and specialised housing. Situating extensive research within multidisciplinary thinking, and incorporating policy and practice, this book assesses how personal health and wellbeing affect different experiences of environment. It also considers the value of intergenerational and age-related living, the meaning of home and global to local concerns for population ageing.
Drawing on international comparisons, this book offers a valuable resource for new research and important lessons for the future.
Environmental gerontologists who are concerned with researching the context of adult human experience and behaviour in later life regard person/environment (P–E) interaction as pivotal to ageing well. Consequently, Chapter 1 opens with the actor and their stage – the separate characteristics of older people and their environment based on lives in Western developed countries. By discussing these separately, they are then brought together to recognise interaction between them in everyday experiences. Finally, we move beyond this
Environmental policy is a large and diverse field which has hitherto held a marginal
position in relation to social policy. Huby (1998), an early pioneer in attempts to
bring the environment into social policy, presents a classification of the range of
problems caused by human activity which potentially lead to policy responses.
She details these in terms of the problems caused by the use of natural resources,
such as physical degeneration of the landscape, land subsidence, flooding and soil
degeneration; the problems caused
Africa’s urban population is growing rapidly, raising numerous environmental concerns. Urban areas are often linked to poverty as well as power and wealth, and hazardous and unhealthy environments as the pace of change stretches local resources. Yet there are a wide range of perspectives and possibilities for political analysis of these rapidly changing environments.
Written by a widely respected author, this important book will mark a major new step forward in the study of Africa’s urban environments. Using innovative research including fieldwork data, map analysis, place-name study, interviewing and fiction, the book explores environmentalism from a variety of perspectives, acknowledging the clash between Western planning mind-sets pursuing the goal of sustainable development, and the lived realities of residents of often poor, informal settlements. The book will be valuable to advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in geography, urban studies, development studies, environmental studies and African studies.
) report that talking to the family about housing, care and end of life are some of the most difficult conversations older people may have that may encourage change. This chapter focuses on alternative environments of housing and care that for some are the outcome of that change.
While discussions may range from good ideas to recognising insufficient knowledge about alternatives, the ability or motivation to move may never be considered by those who decide to stay put. Living with others who are non-family members in a form of communal living is experienced by many
Environment and sustainability
The role of the EU in environmental policy is critical to its powers and
identity. Environmental effects are not contained within administrative
borders. Regulatory standards can impose costs on business and their
absence can transfer costs to communities and taxpayers. It is a policy
arena where the stimulus for joint action has come from external
agreements similar to trade (see Chapter Five). The environment has
been used in conjunction with internal policy objectives to promote the
Bringing together leading experts, this textbook explores the key social, political, economic and moral challenges that environmental problems pose for social policy in a global context. Combining theory and practice with an interdisciplinary approach, the book reviews the current strategies and policies and provides a critique of proposed future developments in the field.
Understanding the environment and social policy guides the reader through the subject in an accessible way using chapter summaries, further reading, recommended webpages, a glossary and questions for discussion.
Providing a much-needed overview, the book will be invaluable reading for students, teachers, activists, practitioners and policymakers.
How do environmental policies link to dynamic and relational family practices for children and parents? This Policy Press Short presents innovative cross-national research into how ‘environment’ is understood and negotiated within families, and how this plays out in everyday lives.
Based on an ESRC study that involved creative, qualitative work with families in India and the UK who live in different contexts, this book illuminates how environmental practices are negotiated within families, and how they relate to values, identities and society. In doing so, it contributes to understanding of the ways in which families and childhood are constructed as sites for intervention in climate change debates.
In an area that is increasingly of concern to governments, NGOs and the general public, this timely research is crucial for developing effective responses to climate change.
health and environment
International policies have failed to arrest the widening gap of health inequalities
between the most and least deprived and also failed to arrest escalating rates of
environmental degradation. This chapter argues that:
• in order to address the determinants of health in a sustainable way, national
and international policies need to cut across different sectors to protect and
promote the health of the planet and of humans;
• despite the many policy failures, social and public policies remain a
Urban environments in Africa
Urban studies as a field is on the rise in Africa, environmental studies
is a mainstay of scholarship on or about the continent, and urban
environments are increasingly central to urban studies as a field. Yet,
it is still rare to find works that offer political-environmental analyses
of urban issues or urban analyses of environmental issues for Africa.
This is beginning to change, but thus far, most of the works produced
target one issue—for example, water or solid waste—and usually for