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The age of migration: what does it mean and why should European social gerontologists care?
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Retraite et société (Best of selection 2008), ISSN 1167-4687, 67-90 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article aims to shed light on what migration and ethic relations researchers call “the age of migration” in order to delineate some of the theoretical and empirical opportunities that this new state of affairs poses to the field of social gerontology. Hereby is a brief presentation of what “the age of migration” means and what the implications of this phenomenon are for the study of aging and old age since this is an area with which not many European social gerontologists seem familiar. Through empirical observations made through studies of older migrants’ successful aging, quality of life and intergenerational relationships, it will be argued that launching what might–at first glance– seem like solely empirically-interesting research could in fact turn out to be theoretically-profuse. This article argues, in short, that much could be gained if we were to expand our gerontological imagination through culture-relevant studies that are sensitive to what is specific to the migratory life course.

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2008. 67-90 p.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52570OAI: diva2:285344
Available from: 2010-01-11 Created: 2010-01-05 Last updated: 2010-02-04

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