The Open UniversitySkip to content

Making space for identity

Peace, Sheila; Holland, Caroline and Kellaher, Leonie (2005). Making space for identity. In: Andrews, Gavin J. and Phillips, David R. eds. Ageing and place: perspectives, policy, practice. Routledge Studies in Human Geography, 9. Oxford, UK: Routledge, pp. 188–204.

Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


This chapter outlines and brings together some key debates and theories about the place attachments that older people make at national, regional and local level. Based on a study of older people living in a range of locations and accommodation, the authors extend existing theories and describe place identity as a component of self identity. In particular, they position home as crucial to older people in terms of meaning, attachment and interaction. Their theory of re-engagement demonstrates how people constantly work on connections to environment.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 0-415-32044-5, 978-0-415-32044-3
Keywords: environment; ageing; identity; attachment to place; ageing in place; engagement; meaning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 3363
Depositing User: Sheila Peace
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:54
Share this page:

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU