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    Urbanisation and later life

    Vera-Sanso, Penny (2017) Urbanisation and later life. In: Till, C. and Amos, S. and O’Neill, K. (eds.) Investing in an Ageing World: Shifting debates from costs to investments. London: HelpAge International, pp. 82-96. ISBN 9781910743218.

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    Increasing longevity and urbanisation are the two major trends facing development in the 21st century. It is widely accepted that urbanisation provides enormous potential for younger persons to secure greater economic opportunities and social freedom. What is less often recognised is that these potentials also apply to later life, increasing older persons’ capabilities and the securing of their rights to dignity and self-definition. Yet there are risks of marginalisation, discrimination, deprivation and of the impacts of unsustainable development. The key question is not whether urban areas can afford to improve the lives of older persons but what prevents policy makers from realising the importance of intergenerational interdependence for development. The chapter demonstrates that recognising and enhancing older persons’ social, economic and political inclusion will benefit everyone. It does so by focusing on the opportunities and constraints that urban centres represent for less advantaged people living in low- and middle-income countries.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Penny Vera-Sanso
    Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2022 18:34
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:14


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