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Constructing a social geography of grandparenthood: a new focus for intergenerationality

Tarrant, Anna (2010). Constructing a social geography of grandparenthood: a new focus for intergenerationality. Area, 42(2) pp. 190–197.

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In this paper I suggest ways in which a geographical approach to grandparent identities could uccessfully build upon social geography’s understandings of relational geographies of age. In ntergenerational geographies, the compartmentalised nature of age studies means that ransitions in later stages of the lifecourse, particularly in family life, remain substantially nder-researched. The paper draws together established geographical literatures of age, family and lifecourse, and evidence from qualitative interviews conducted over the past 12 months in the UK for ongoing research with grandfathers, to suggest ways in which the discipline might engage with and critique intergenerational geographies to move it forward. In particular there is a focus on spatialities of body space, embodiment and intimacy, activity spaces, and distance and locality.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2009 The Author
ISSN: 1475-4762
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Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetLancaster University
Keywords: United Kingdom; qualitative interviewing; grandparenthood; grandparent identities; relational geographies of age; intergenerationality
Academic Unit/Department: Health and Social Care
Item ID: 33533
Depositing User: Anna Tarrant
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 09:51
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2015 01:09
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