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.



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.

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