NEWS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
RC11 AT THE XX ISA WORLD CONGRESS OF SOCIOLOGY – LOOKING BACK
NEWS FROM THE RC11 BUSINESS MEETING
INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION: CHARTER ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS (AS SENT TO US BY MEMBERS)
NEW PROJECTS BY RC11 MEMBERS (AS SENT TO US BY MEMBERS)
NEW PUBLICATIONS BY RC11 MEMBERS (AS SENT TO US BY MEMBERS)
From the President
Dear colleagues, friends, ageing people,
Let me welcome you to the new issue of the RC11 Newsletter. It's great to be part of a group that aims to advance theoretical knowledge and applied practice in the field of age and ageing, and it's great to have met so many of you in Melbourne. I address you today as the new RC11
President. I am honored to have been nominated and elected to this prestigious position and it must be acknowledged that I have some big shoes to fill. Since becoming a member of ISA, I have witnessed that RC11 has a history of great women in leadership, who have done a great deal of work for the position of “ageing” in the social sciences, and for which I am grateful. Thank you, Sandra, Virpi, and Anne for being such an inspiration!
But it's far from a one-woman show. It is not for nothing that the same position at the European Sociological Association is called a "coordinator". Indeed, the effort to foster mutual cooperation is crucial to developing the opportunities that this professional group and collaborative platform provide us with. You can meet me and the newly elected co-coordinators just below in this Newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us any time for any RC11-related business.
You will also find a look back at the aforementioned World Congress in Melbourne, Australia. It was an opportunity for many interdisciplinary meetings and food for thought. The next meeting, the ISA 5th Forum of Sociology, will be held in 2025 in Morocco (Rabat 7-11 July 2025). For the moment, it is planned as an in-person event. The Forum is typically smaller in size than the World Congress, but it places more emphasis on creating a space just for RCs/TGs/WGs like ours. The theme has not been defined yet, but we believe it will be another opportunity to present your research, to open important theoretical questions, to present your publications or to find partners for your next collaborative project. We will keep you informed as preparations for this scientific feast get underway, so that you can attend in as large a number as possible.
The space for presentations at our international events (i.e. the number of sessions) is created by the membership itself. A simple rule applies here: the more of us with paid RC11 memberships (on top of the ISA membership; and there is no limitation on how many RCs/TGs/WGs you can be member of), the more slots for presentations will be allocated to us. It will therefore be wonderful if you will share the existence and (hopefully good) experience of RC11 with your collaborators, colleagues and especially students so that we can keep the space for research on ageing within the sociological discipline as visible as possible, reflecting the spotlight it deserves. Instructions on how to register as a new member, or how to renew your membership, are here: https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/membership/individual-membership.
For my part, I am glad that we have the opportunity to combine virtual and face to face meetings. I think the advantages and disadvantages of both are already well described, but that the hybrid form will probably stay with us forever. A survey of program organizers at the recent World Congress showed that 31% of voters were in favor of this option for the Congress and 36% for the Forum. Although around 25% of respondents voted for "rather in-person only", the option also included "limited exceptions". Between 1 and 3% voted for an online-only meeting. The option to combine an on-site conference with an added completely online day, for example, emerges as an interesting option. In the context of the growing drive for democratization (also with respect to global time considerations) and increased eco-friendliness of scientific meetings, the challenge ahead is to find similar creative solutions.
The Task Force for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is part of these continuous efforts within ISA. You can read the draft EDI charter in the Newsletter below for your comments. For my part, I have already sent in a suggestion that the issue of age (chronological and career) needs to be woven into all relevant paragraphs. As I believe, this comment will be accommodated. If you have any other suggestions in your heart, feel free to send them as well.
Now that we have sent out this Newsletter, we are starting work on the next one right away. I would like to invite you to think with us about how we can enrich this platform. Already in this issue you will find a number of tips and other interesting information some of you have shared with the RC11 community. Please continue to share this information with us also in the future. You can also make use of our social networks, including promotion through ISA channels.
Further, we also have an important step ahead of us, namely the introduction of an online voting option to elect our officers (or coordinators). Various RCs already implemented at least some forms of electronic voting - email ballots with a spreadsheet such as Excel to keep track of votes, using Zoom for live online voting, ElectionRunner, WildApricot, the survey function of Qualtrix, Microsoft or Google Forms, Opavote, and Survey Monkey are some of the examples shared by the various RCs. If you have any recommendations in this regard, we would certainly welcome them.
Last but not least, we would also like to implement a series of online lectures by our members in the coming period, starting with Presidential Lectures. We have reached out to past presidents to set up these lectures/master classes for us and you can look forward to an invitation being sent out in due course. However, we also offer the opportunity to present your own topics to the membership in this way. Please let us know if you are interested in such a presentation.
Finally, let me repeat that I and the whole team are here to help and support your interest in ageing research, networking, policy-making and agenda-setting. Do not hesitate to approach any of us with your creative ideas on what to do as an RC11 group, what not to do, with whom to collaborate, how to make best use our financial resources and grants available, how to better keep in touch in between the World Congresses and Forums of Sociology, and how to make our research and practice more visible and relevant for today’s world. I will strive to be the advocate of our endeavors and represent RC11 topics in more broad discussions within ISA and the “outside world”.
Have a great time until the next time! Happy ageing!
PS: Members should be cautious of suspicious email requests, especially those claiming to be from their president, secretary, or treasurer, as these emails may seem very convincing. Neither ISA, nor RC11 will ever ask you for any money. We keep our emails and positions publicly available so you can easily reach us, but it may have these unintended consequences. Please be safe from scams phishing attracts. Thank you!
RC11 successfully elected a new board – Congrats!
As part of the RC11 business meeting at the ISA World Congress in Melbourne in June-July 2023, a new executive committee was elected by our members. Election of officers is held by ballot once every four years in the year of the ISA Congress. Nominations for these elections are overseen by a Nominating Committee, consisting of the out-going President and two RC11 members who are not candidates for office. We are happy to present here the newly elected executive committee for RC11 and congratulate everyone on their new responsibilities and roles 🙂.
Presidency: Lucie Vidovićová (CZECH REPUBLIC)
Lucie is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Study, Masaryk University, Brno, the Czech Republic and co-founder of the CERA Centre for Research on Ageing. Her long-term research interests include sociology of age and ageing, gerotechnology, active ageing, ageism and social exclusion. She is also involved in research projects in the field of the environmental gerontology, social policy, labour market, family, lifelong learning.
She was part of the UNECE task force for ageing-related statistics and a co-leader of a working group on spatial exclusion within the Rosenet COST Action. She is a second time elect member of the executive committee of the Czech Sociological Association, and represents Czechia at ISA’s The Council of National Associations. Lucie has been an active member of ISA and RC-11 since 2006, serving on the Executive Committee for RC-11 since 2014. Before becoming a Vice-President for RC-11 in 2018 she served as Secretary. Lucie is a member of the ISA’s EDI Advisory Group and took part in the recent policy statement action of ISA on mandatory retirement from employment because of age (2021; with Prof. Jan Fritz, who is one of ISA’s delegates to the UN).
Vice Presidency: Myra Hamilton (AUSTRALIA)
Associate Professor Myra Hamilton is a Principal Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research at the University of Sydney and immediate past Secretary of ISA RC11. She is a sociologist and social policy researcher whose research focus is on gender, work and care in later life. She combines traditional academic research with applied policy research for government and non-government organisations. Her focus areas include experiences of providing unpaid care in later life, including for grandchildren and relatives with a disability, chronic illness, and older relatives, work and work/care reconciliation in later life, and economic security in later life. She sits on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Care and Caring.
Secretary: Francisca Ortiz Ruiz (CHILE)
Francisca Ortiz Ruiz is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Millennium Institute for Care Research (MICARE), Santiago, Chile; where is studying older people's care and social support networks longitudinally in a communitarian centre. She has a PhD in Sociology from the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis at the University of Manchester. She is part of the Council of Women in Network Science. In addition, she is a podcaster of the “Knitting Network” and “Caregiving” podcast. She is working as one of the editor’s reviewers in the International Journal of Care and Caregiving. Her interests are mixed methods of social network analysis, relational sociology, social gerontology, science, gender, and care justice. Also, Francisca is Co-PI of a FONDECYT (2023-2027) in Chile about women who care for their parents and children simultaneously. Website: https://www.franciscaortizruiz.com
Treasurer: Jolante Perek-Bialas (POLAND)
Dr. Jolanta Perek-Białas is Associate Professor at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow in Poland. She is the Director of the Center for Evaluation and Public Policies Analysis, and works also at the Institute of Statistics and Demography of the Warsaw School of Economics. Her research interest focuses on the socio-economic situation of older persons in Central and Eastern Europe, including active ageing, ageism in the labour market policy, old age social exclusion, the age-friendly organization of care for older persons, including looking for effective measures to support working caregivers. Dr. Perek-Bialas has published extensively on these topics. She has been the PI for various research projects on gerontological topics as well as an expert consultant to policy makers at the local (city of Cracow), regional (Małopolska, awarded by the Bronze Medal for Achievements in Ageing Policy for region, 2018), national (Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Policy) and international levels (OECD, EC, UNECE, WHO).
Communications Officer: Vera Gallistl (AUSTRIA)
Dr. Vera Gallistl’s research comprises work in the sociology of age and ageing, with a focus on the construction of age(ing) in digital cultures. She is an experienced mixed-methods researcher with particular expertise in participatory methods. Her main contribution to the research field lies in a socio-material conceptualization of age and ageing, as well as advancements in cultural and material gerontology. Vera was awarded a PhD in 2020 from the Department of Sociology of the University of Vienna. She works as a post-doc researcher at Karl Landsteiner University of Health Sciences in Krems, Austria, where she is affiliated with the Division General Health Studies and the competence Center on Gerontology and Health Research. She currently leads the research project “algocare”, which explores bias, explainability and fairness of artificial intelligence (ai) used in elder care. Vera is board member of the Socio-Gerontechnology Network, as well as a speaker of “material gerontology” of the German Association for Gerontology and Geriatrics.
Officers at Large
Dr. Ronica Rooks
Professor at the University of Colorado Denver (USA)
Fellow of Gerontological Society of America
Ronica N. Rooks is a Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Director of Online Education at the University of Colorado Denver. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in health disparities at the University of Michigan and geriatric epidemiology at the National Institute on Aging. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Maryland College Park. Her research focuses on social-ecological explanations for racial and ethnic disparities in chronic conditions. Her Fulbright Canada fellowship developed interdisciplinary networks in the social and health sciences to examine relationships between gentrification, social disadvantage (e.g., lower SES and racial/ethnic minority status) and prevalent chronic conditions and management among older adults in Hamilton, Ontario. She is similarly examining these relationships among older adults in Denver, Colorado. Her other research explores if working and volunteering, as productive activities, can mitigate Black vs. White racial disparities in dementia and cognitive changes over time among older adults in the longitudinal Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and served as past Chair for the Minority Issues in Gerontology Advisory Panel with the GSA.
Dr. Matthew Lariviere
Associate Professor, Northumbria University (UK)
Matthew Lariviere is an Associate Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health at Northumbria University. Formerly a Lecturer at the University of Bristol, he is a social anthropologist and gerontologist. In November 2021, he co-founded the Ageing Futures Research Group at the University of Bristol, a university-wide initiative that supports ageing-related researchers that critiques deficit-based approaches to ageing and the instrumental focus on ‘needs’ and adopts an asset based and relational approach to explore ageing throughout the life-course. Their thematic research areas include pleasure, play and desire; creative ageing; digital technology; diversity and inequality; communities and housing; intergenerational collectives; death, dying and bereavement; care, relationships, and ethics.
From 2018 – 2021, he held an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities at the University of Sheffield, investigating challenges and opportunities for new technologies to support the wellbeing of older adults, their carers, and the care workforce. Matthew was the Chair and EU representative for IDIH Global’s Inclusive Living Expert Group (April 2020 to May 2022), a European Commission-funded, international consortium and forum to support inclusive living and healthy ageing outcomes via digital technology for Europe and strategic partners in the United States, Canada, China, South Korea, and Japan. Matthew is an elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).
Dr. Gražina Rapolienė
Senior Researcher, Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences (LITHUANIA)
Gražina Rapolienė is a senior researcher at the Lithuanian Centre for Social Sciences. She was a member of the civic exclusion working group of the COST action ROSEnet aimed at reducing old-age exclusion (CA 15122, 2016-2020) and a national representative in the Management Committee of the COST action on ageism (IS1402, 2014-2018). From 2007 – 2017, Gražina was teaching several subjects in sociology: Sociology (in Lithuanian and English), Social theory, Classical sociological theories, Sociology of health and illness, and Sociology of ageing. From 2016 - 2017 she was leading the Office of Strategic Planning at Vilnius University. Her research interests are ageing identity, ageism, representations in media, social (and digital) exclusion, childlessness, consumption, care, and loneliness. Currently she is leading the research project ‘Digital inclusion of older people’, S-MIP-21-58, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
Gražina is a member of several scientific organizations: Lithuanian Sociological Association, European Sociological Association, Eastern-European Societies in Transition (EAST) Network (Oxford Institute of Ageing), International Network for the Study of Intergenerational Issues – INSII of Constance University, International Longevity Centre Europe Network, Socio-gerontechnology Network, International Scientific Board for the Global Initiative on Loneliness and Connection.
Dr. Otto Gerdina
Teaching Assistant at the University of Ljubljana (SLOVENIA)
Dr. Yasemin Afacan
Associate Professor Bilkent University (TURKEY)
Dr. Arvind Joshi
Professor, Banaras Hindu University (INDIA)
Dr. Esteban Calvo
Director CalvoLab & University Mayor (CHILE)
Prof. Eric Vogelsang
California State University, San Bernardino (USA)
Eric Vogelsang is Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Center on Aging at California State University-San Bernardino. Dr. Vogelsang's current research mostly centers on the health (and illness) behavior of older adults. More specifically, this work has focused on social participation, alcohol abuse, and vaccine uptake. In August 2022, Dr. Vogelsang was awarded a four-year $747,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study “Older Adult Social Participation, Gender, and Cognitive Decline”. In 2018, Dr. Vogelsang won one of the Emerging Scholar in Agingpaper awards from RC-11, which motivated him to serve RC-11! In Fall 2022, Dr. Vogelsang was an Age Friendly University Visiting Fellowat Dublin City University. His work been published in The Gerontologist, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and the Journal of Health & Social Behavior.
News from the International Sociological Association
RC11 at the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology – looking back
In June-July 2023, many in the RC11 community got together in Melbourne, Australia, for the XX ISA World Congress of Sociology.
The chilly and rainy winter weather did not deter the warmth of an international community of sociology of ageing scholars convening to discuss exciting new developments in theory and research with examples from across the world. The first day of the RC11 program kicked off with a thought-provoking theory session entitled “How Sociological Is the Sociology of Aging?”, which offered a nuanced and critical view of past and present theory in the sociology of aging to set the contextual stage for the next days of research. As the conference proceeded, additional sessions included discussions of cutting-edge topics in the sociology of aging such as technology across the life course, migration, active aging in a modern world, and aging while unpartnered and childless. The conference also saw modern international examples of classic sociology of aging concepts such as life-course inequality, spaces and places, informal and formal care, social inclusion and civic engagement, autonomy, and retirement. RC11 also hosted several joint sessions with the Research Committees on the Sociology of Migration (RC31), Sociology of Childhood (RC53), and Sociology of Work (RC30).
The business meeting offered opportunities for new and “old” ISA attendees to meet, socialize, and discuss important issues facing ageing populations worldwide followed by a boisterous dinner out to sample the international cuisine options of Melbourne. As the RC11 group departed from this in-person community to their own corners of the globe, they established new plans to stay engaged and connected over the coming years while they anticipate and plan for the next ISA opportunity to promote awareness, new findings, and new theoretical developments in the Sociology of Aging.
News from the RC11 Business Meeting
Our RC11’s activities at the ISA World Congress included our business meeting, which was led by our former president Prof. Sandra Torres. Sandra gave a presentation to report on activities completed over the past five years and facilitate the elections of our new executive committee.
For the past five years, the executive committee (ex-comm) of the RC11 that served our committee consisted of Lucie Vidovićová (Vice President, CZECH REPUBLIC); Myra Hamilton (Secretary; AUSTRALIA); Esteban Calvo (Treasurer, CHILE); Vera Gallistl (Communications Officer since 2022; AUSTRIA); Anna Wanka (Communications Officer 2018-2022; GERMANY) and Sandra Torres (President, SWEDEN). This ex-comm has been serving since 2018, and ended up serving for five years (instead of four) due to the pandemic. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has served the RC11 community in the last five years!!
Here are some central activities of the RC11 since 2018:
Newsletters have been compiled twice a year.
In 2021 we hosted a series of activities at the ISA FORUM (ONLINE). Esteban Calvo and Sandra Torres served as program coordinators for the Forum. RC11 hosted 19 sessions with 80 papers that were presented in them, and two academic-skill-training sessions (with 70 attendees!), and a business meeting.
Our RC has been involved in the UN initiatives that ISA has coordinated during this period. Lucie Vidovićová has been the RC-representative, and reported on this in our last newsletter.
In 2023, RC11 hosted 19 sessions (with 99 papers!) at the ISA World Congress in Melbourne. Myra Hamilton and Anna Wanka served as program coordinators. At the Business Meeting, RC11 hosted its first ever book table, showcasing new titles by our members.
Updates from the Ex-Comm
The RC11 currently has 105 members, a number that has gone down from February 2020, when we had 139. Engaging new (and emerging) scholars in the RC11 activities is important, and we hope to attract new members in the years to come!
If you have anything to share (projects, call for papers, calls for contributions, new publications) with fellow sociologists of ageing, please send info to firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
We say THANKS to our OUTGOING Officers-at-large
We would like to thank our outgoing officers-at-large who have served the RC11 community in the last years with passion. Thank you!
Prof Debora Price, Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Candace L. Kemp, The Gerontology Institute, Georgia State University, USA
Prof Arvind Kumar Joshi, Department of Sociology, BHU, Varanasi, India
Prof Ilkka Pietila, University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr Luke Gahan, National Ageing Research Institute, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, La Trobe University, Australia
Prof Ito Peng,Department of Sociology, and School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Martin Hyde, Centre for Innovative Ageing, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Wales
Dr Francesco Barbabella, Centre for Ageing and Lifecourse Studies, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Dr Wendy Martin, Brunel University, UK
Dr Ignacio Madero-Cabib, University of Chile
International Sociological Association: Charter on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
The ISA Task Force on EDI is working to develop a Charter to guide the ISA's pursuit of equity, diversity and inclusion in our Association for some time now. There is now a draft available that has gone through several reviews within the task force and advisory committee. The next step will be to vote to approve this document within the Research Council, and then following this, seek approval from the Executive.
Before that happens, the ISA Task Force wants to hear from as many members as possible, and seek their reactions to the draft Charter. To that end, Debra Davidson has reached out to us and asked us to share the draft below with our RC11 members. She is looking for feedback on this draft – if you have any feedback, please get in touch with her directly: email@example.com
Draft: International Sociological Association Charter on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)
The International Sociological Association (ISA) is a non-profit association established to support the pursuit of sociological scholarship and action across the globe, by providing opportunities for dialogue, knowledge sharing, collaboration, and mentorship.
The realization of this vision, however, depends upon the full participation of all ISA members regardless of sex, gender, class, ethnicity, race, Indigeneity, religion, sexual orientation, physical capacity, age, nationality and geography, or any other identity. Ensuring such full participation requires the active removal of systemic barriers to, and the progressive cultivation of, full participation in the Association based on equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as encouraging and supporting an EDI-positive institutional culture both within the ISA, and within other domains of international sociological practice.
Equity requires removing systemic barriers and biases that prevent all individuals from having equal opportunities to access and benefit from the Association. Equity is distinct from equality, which refers to ensuring equal opportunity and treatment, without attention to the need to empower disadvantaged groups. Equity, in other words, is a necessary prerequisite to equality. This entails recognition of the historic privilege enjoyed by members who are male, white, and representing academic institutions located in wealthy countries, and the systemic sources of intersectional discrimination and resulting inequalities that often result. To achieve this, ISA leadership and members must develop the skills to recognize the systemic barriers faced by individuals from underrepresented groups (e.g., women, non-binary people, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples, racialized and ethnic minorities, individuals from the LGBTQ2+ community, persons from economically challenged institutions and countries, and persons whose positionality intersects more than one of these categories) and put in place impactful measures to address these barriers.
Diversity refers to the presence of difference among groups and within any collective group. The principle of diversity recognizes the value to the collective of broad representation within that collective of members representing different geographies and positions within the world system; different cultures, religions, ethnicities and Indigenous identities; and different class positions, gender identities or expressions, sexualities, abilities, and ages and career stages. Enhancing the representation of a wide diversity of perspectives and lived experiences is fundamental to achieving excellence in scholarship and moving the discipline of sociology forward. Diversity is about uniting while respecting uniqueness, and addressing systemic discrimination within a group or organization.
Inclusion describes a sense of belonging and citizenship, and respect and recognition of the value of all members’ multiple knowledges and perspectives. The goal of inclusion is to ensure that all individuals are valued, their full humanity is recognised and respected, and their full engagement in association activities are equally encouraged and supported. Inclusion is generated by ensuring all members of a group have the ability to engage and participate in group activities, including leadership and decision-making. Efforts to support inclusion include special consideration to the needs of under-represented groups listed above, as well as other members for whose full participation may be constrained by, for example, linguistic abilities or parental status.
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion for the ISA
These policies are intended to support the ISA in achieving greater Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the organizational structure of the ISA and for all association staff and members.
The ISA will ensure the pursuit of equal opportunity by prioritizing equity, diversity and inclusion in its staff and membership recruitment activities, and practices associated with establishing event locations, soliciting meeting attendance and event participation.
The ISA will pursue equity-enhancement strategies in order to ensure equal opportunity and representation in all elections and nomination processes held within the ISA, including offices and awards, and will call upon all RCs, TGs, and WGs, to do so as well.
The ISA will strike a permanent Committee to pursue Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, that will report directly to the ISA Executive. This will include Directives, and Terms of Reference, including the establishment of a fair and representative nominations process, for the functioning of this Committee.
To maintain an environment free from all forms of harassment, including unwanted physical or sexually suggestive behavior; exclusion or discriminatory behavior; and abusive, demeaning, or intimidating behavior, the ISA will establish a policy of intolerance toward such behaviors occurring during ISA member activities, and institute mechanisms to respond quickly, systematically, and fairly to expressions of concern or complaint.
Recognizing that power differentials often prevent victims from coming forward, and that the lack of clear and responsive procedures are harmful to all, the ISA will establish mechanisms that include clear avenues for lodging complaints for victims and witnesses of behavior that is sexist, racist, ageist or otherwise demeaning, abusive, or offensive; establish systematic means of evaluating those complaints, and determination of repercussions for the accused.
Formal complaints regarding the violation of any of the policies embedded in the Charter on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will be received and processed by the EDI Committee.
Formal complaints may take one of two forms: 1. Notice of complaint, with no intention to pursue investigation; 2. Pursuit of formal complaint prompting investigation and determination of repercussions.
In the event of formal investigation, the EDI Committee may decide: 1. Insufficient evidence to support recrimination; 2. The accused may receive a warning; 3. The accused may be expelled from the conference or other activity at which the offense occurred; 4. The accused may have their ISA membership revoked, for a definite or indefinite period of time.
Accused parties will have the opportunity to appeal decisions of the EDI Committee.
Two or more professional ombudspersons will be designated for each ISA Congress and Forum to be available for confidential consultation regarding occurrences that emerge during these events, one who identifies as a woman and one who identifies as a man; and at least one representing low- or middle-income nations. The RC, TG or WG organizers of events such as pre-conferences will be responsible for designating an ombudsperson for those events.
The ISA will develop programming and initiatives to support embedding equity, diversity and inclusion in the Association’s institutional culture. In recognition of the fact that discriminatory practices are deeply embedded in our academic institutions, realizing the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion will require the cultivation of new norms and practices. The ISA will promote the institutional embedding of EDI by developing activities and events in conjunction with regular association meetings and engagements that support EDI mentorship and training, and showcase the membership’s diversity.
The ISA will periodically gather, track, and assess data reflecting its progress in pursuing the goals of equity, diversity and inclusion, and make this information available in the form of a Report every four years. This report, as well as the Charter on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, should be readily accessible to its members, including for example prominent positioning on its website.
The Charter will be reviewed on a biannual basis and revised as needed, by the EDI Committee.
Call for abstracts (as sent to us by members)
Call for articles: “Ageing in the Mountains” (Journal of Alpine Research)
The Journal of Alpine research recently published a call for articles on “Ageing in the Mountains”. The Journal of Alpine Research is a scientific, quarterly, international, multidisciplinary and plurilingual journal on the Alpine arc and the mountains of the world.
This special issue will explore the diversity of ageing and the rising interest for a ‘spatial/territorial lens’. The issue will focus on the socio-spatialisation of mountains, in a very broad understanding.
Articles can be submitted in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish; but the author(s) must arrange for translation into English, once the article has been accepted for publication. If the article is submitted in English, the translation must be in French, Italian, German or Spanish.
Deadlines for submission to the two coordinators of the special issue:
1 February 2024 (abstracts of 2000 signs, space included)
15 May 2024 (article manuscripts of 30000 signs, space included)
Call for Input: Report of the Special Rapporteur of Violence Against Women and Girls
There is an open call for input to the Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women and Girls to the Human Rights Council on Prostitution and Violence Against Women and Girls. The thematic report will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council at its 56th session in June 2024 and will examine the nexus between the global phenomenon of prostitution and violence against women and girls.
Women and girls constitute the majority of those in prostitution. International law has included prostitution as a key element for the crime of trafficking in persons for the purpose of sexual exploitation. It has very importantly called on States to “take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to suppress all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women”.
Furthermore, article 9(5) of the Palermo Protocol calls on State Parties to “adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures, such as educational, social or cultural measures, including through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, that leads to trafficking.” In a number of jurisdictions, States have adopted legislation or policies through the criminalization of pimps and traffickers and discouraging the demand that fosters such sexual exploitation.
Two international treaties are particularly relevant: one is in the 1949 Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Other. The 1949 Convention presents two shifts in perspective on the trafficking problem, in that it views prostituted persons as victims of the procurers. The Convention requires State parties to punish any person who "procures, entices, or leads away, for purposes of prostitution, another person, even with the consent of that person"; or "exploits the prostitution of another person, even with the consent of that person" (Article 1), or runs a brothel or rents accommodations for prostitution purposes (Article 2). Article 3 of the Palermo Protocol lays out the situations where the consent of the person traffickers would be deemed irrelevant. It also prescribes procedures for combating international traffic for the purpose of prostitution, including extradition of offenders.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) notes that: “States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislation to suppress all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women” (article 6). General Recommendation No. 38 on Trafficking in Women in the Context of Global Migration of 2020 has clarified the indivisible link between trafficking and sexual exploitation, while also acknowledging prostitution as a phenomenon rooted in structural, sex-based discrimination, constituting gender-based violence, which is often exacerbated in the context of displacement, migration, the increased globalization of economic activities, including global supply chains, the extractive and offshore industries, increased militarism, foreign occupation, armed conflict, violent extremism and terrorism. It also states that sexual exploitation persists due to the failure of States parties to effectively discourage the demand that fosters exploitation and leads to trafficking along with the persistent stereotypes and norms regarding male domination and the need to assert male control or power, enforce patriarchal gender roles and male sexual entitlement, coercion and control, which drive the demand, especially in the context of digital technology, for the sexual exploitation of women and girls. It also recommends that States discourage the demand and investigate, prosecute and convict all perpetrators involved in trafficking in persons, including those on the demand side. According to Article 9 (5) of the Palermo Protocol, States are obliged "to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, that leads to trafficking."
Reference should be made to the divergent views between advocates on the issue, with some arguing that the criminalization of any act related to prostitution, including pimping and the purchase of sexual acts, as well as the criminalization of prostituted women and girls, violates certain human rights such as the right to agency, bodily autonomy and integrity, as well as to non-discrimination. Others however argue that prostituted persons often come from the most marginalised communities, being considered as victims of violence, and as such, should not be criminalized and should be afforded protection.
The Special Rapporteur would like to receive input to better understand the relationship between prostitution and violence against women, to clarify terms, approaches and actions States should take in order to maintain the spirit of international human rights law and to effectively protect women and girls from all forms of violence.
Key questions and types of input/comments sought
The Special Rapporteur kindly seeks the support of States, international and regional human rights mechanisms, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society actors, UN agencies, regional human rights organizations, academics, victims and survivor organizations, and other stakeholders to respond to one or more of the following questions:
Provide examples of the hidden forms of prostitution, and explain to what extent they are recognized and dealt with as such?
Describe the profile of women and girls affected by prostitution in your country, and provide disaggregated data, where possible.
Describe the profile of those who solicit women in prostitution and whether such relations are regulated, and provide supporting data, where possible.
What forms of violence are prostituted women and girls subjected to (physical, psychological, sexual, economic, administrative, or other)?
Who is responsible for the perpetration of violence against women and girls in prostitution?
Describe the linkages, if any, between prostitution and the violation of the human rights of women and girls.
What links are there between pornography and/or other forms of sexual exploitation and prostitution?
How is the issue of consent dealt with? Is it possible to speak about meaningful consent for prostituted women and girls?
What measures are in place to collect and analyse data at the national level with a view to better understanding the impact that prostitution has on the rights of women and girls?
What measures are in place to assist and support women and girls who wish to leave prostitution?
What are the obstacles faced by organizations and frontline service providers in their mission to support victims and survivors of prostitution?
What are some of the lessons learned about what works and what does not when it comes to stemming any negative human rights consequences from the prostitution of women and girls?
Are frontline organizations and survivors' organisations sufficiently included in policymaking at the national and international level?
What recommendations do you have to prevent and end violence associated with the prostitution for women and girls?
Respondents may wish to answer some but not all these questions and provide supportive information focusing on either woman, girls, or both.
Type of submissions and how inputs will be used
The Special Rapporteur is particularly interested in hearing from organizations that facilitate the recovery of women and girls who have been prostituted; those that are advocating for the rights of women and girls who have been prostituted; as well as well as from survivors. For minors who wish to send input, the express consent of one of their parents or a guardian will also be required.
Should the number of submissions remain manageable, they will be published on the mandate’s webpage, unless they are marked by their authors as confidential or if the expressed consent of victims has not been secured.
Please send your contributions in English, French, Spanish, Arabic or Russian by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Input for SR VAWG's report on violence against women and prostitution, and no later than 31 January 2024. To ensure accessibility of information submitted for persons with visual impairments, submissions are preferred in Word format. Please limit contributions to a maximum of 2,000 words and, if necessary, provide links to relevant documents or attach annexes.
The European Sociological Association (ESA) is pleased to announce the CFP opening for the 16th ESA Conference, scheduled to take place in the city of Porto, Portugal, from August 27th to 30th, 2024. The conference, themed "Tension, Trust, and Transformation," promises to be a dynamic and engaging moment for sociologists and scholars from around the world.
To ensure your participation, don't miss the abstract submission deadline on January 15th, 2024. Abstracts must be submitted through the conference platform at www.conftool.com/esa2024
We greatly appreciate your commitment and efforts to motivate your colleagues to participate and make the ESA 2024 conference another great and successful event. We are looking forward to receiving you in Porto!
Call for Papers for the 27th Nordic Congress of Gerontology
The Swedish Gerontological Society, the Swedish Geriatric Association, Karolinska Institutet, and the Nordic Gerontological Federation (NGF), invites researchers you to join the 27th Nordic Congress of Gerontology (NKG) to share knowledge and engagement with ageing in a transforming world. The world is constantly changing, but recent crises including climate change, the pandemic and wars suggest rapid and profound transformations in living conditions. During such challenging periods, certain groups in the population including older adults and frail individuals may be particularly susceptible to negative consequences.
The 27th NKG congress aims to explore how researchers from different scientific disciplines and practitioners can come together to bring new insights that facilitate better living conditions for older adults and contribute to the sustainable development of current and future generations. It invites scholars, professionals, policymakers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to explore questions related to ageing in a world of profound transformations.
Plenary lectures, symposia, oral sessions, posters, and exhibitions will reflect themes from different scientific disciplines and practice, on topics relevant to gerontology and geriatrics. We welcome multidisciplinary contributions reflecting the pillars of the NGF’s scientific orientations: behavioural and social sciences; biological, health and medical sciences; humanities; social research, policy, and practice. There will also be an enjoyable social programme.
The congress will be located at Karolinska Institutet (KI), one of the world’s leading medical universities. KI Solna campus is just 10 minutes from Stockholm city. We hope that you will find time to enjoy what Stockholm has to offer, including its sights and attractions, shopping areas, night life and beautiful surroundings. For those with more time, the wonderful country of Sweden rewards exploration.
Deadline for oral presentations and posters is 25 January 2024.
Call for Papers for the BSG Annual Conference 2024
The British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference attracts around 400 delegates from around the world, made up of academics and others interested in a wide range of issues related to ageing. The conference in 2024 will be held in the Newcastle Helix, a global centre for urban innovation in the heart of the city that brings together academia, the public sector, communities, and business. It is a short distance from the railway station, hotels, restaurants, pubs, historical landmarks, and the Civic Centre, the conference dinner venue. Newcastle University has a longstanding commitment to research on ageing, and the conference is being organised by the Centre for Ageing and Inequalities.
The theme this year will be New Directions in Ageing and the Life Course. We hope this will encourage us to collectively explore how the lives of older people, and research on ageing, are changing in the context of social, political, and economic transformations. To help us explore these issues, we are delighted to welcome three superb Keynote Speakers: Professor Phyllis Moen from the University of Minnesota; Professor Judith Phillips from the University of Stirling; and Professor Cathrine Degnen from Newcastle University. Expanding our geographical focus, we will also explore new directions through an exciting Flagship Symposium; this will bring together academics from countries entitled to development assistance to discuss the situation of older people in their respective countries.
In addition to the main conference, the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) pre-conference session will give early career researchers (ECRs) the opportunity to present their research, engage in workshops, and network with other ECRs. It welcomes presentations on ageing-related topics from early career researchers at all stages. To register interest for the Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) pre-conference session and be emailed when the call for abstracts comes out, click here.
The Abstract submissions portal for the 53rd Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology hosted by Newcastle University from 3rd - 5th July 2024 is NOW LIVE . The abstract submission deadline is January 26th 2024!
Call for Book Reviews: International Journal of Care and Caring
The International Journal for Care and Caring is actively seeking authors for book reviews to be published in their journal. If you are interested (or know any early career researchers that might be interested) in doing a book review for that journal, please get in touch with Francisca Ortiz (email@example.com).
New projects by RC11 members (as sent to us by members)
Carole-Lynne Le Navenect – Creating a Later Life Learning Committee Program via Online Networks
Work in this area also included setting up an open access, peer-reviewed online journal for College & University students to publish one of their scholarly papers in conjunction with their professor. The International Journal of Nursing Student Scholarship is now online: http://ijnss.journalhosting.ucalgary.ca
New publications by RC11 members (as sent to us by members)
Books and Special issues
Routledge International Handbook of Participatory Approaches in Ageing Research. Edited by Anna Urbaniak and Anna Wanka.
This Handbook presents established and innovative perspectives on involving older adults as co-creators in ageing research. It reorients research and policy toward more inclusive and adequate designs that capture the voices and needs of older adults. The Handbook: introduces types of participatory approaches in ageing research; highlights key methodological aspects of these
approaches; gives insights from projects across different cultural contexts and academic disciplines, showing ways in which older participants can be involved in co-designing different stages of the research cycle; examines key issues to consider when involving older participants at each step of the research process; includes the voices of older adults directly; draws out conclusions and points ways forward for future research. This Handbook will be essential reading for researchers and students interested in the field of ageing and/ or participatory methods, as well as for those policy stakeholders in the fields of ageing and demographic change, social and public policy, or health and wellbeing who are interested in involving older adults in policy processes. It will be useful for third-sector advocacy organizations and international non-governmental and public agencies working either in citizen involvement/participation or the ageing sector.
Care Technologies for Ageing Societies – an International Comparison. Edited by Kate Hamblin and Matthew Lariviere
Technology is quickly becoming an integral part of care systems across the world and is frequently cited in policy discourse as pivotal for solving the ‘crisis’ in care and delivering positive outcomes. Exploring the role of technology in Europe, Canada, Australia and Japan, this book examines how technology contributes effectively to the sustainability of these different care systems, which are facing similar emergent pressures, including increased
longevity, falling fertility and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. It considers the challenges and opportunities of embedding technologies in care systems and the subsequent outcomes for older and disabled service users, carers and the care workforce.
Antczak, R., Quashie, N. T., Mair, C. A., & Arpino, B. (2023). Less Is (Often) More: Number of Children and Health Among Older Adults in 24 Countries. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 78(11), 1892-1902.
Previous evidence about the impact of parenthood on health for older adults is mixed, perhaps due to variation in number of children and context. Higher numbers of children could lead to support or strain, depending on individual and country contexts. Yet, no studies currently exist that examine associations between the number of children and several health indicators among older adults across multiple global regions. We analyze cross-sectional data (1992–2017) of 166,739 adults aged 50+ across 24 countries from the Health and Retirement Study family of surveys to document associations between the number of children, treated as a categorical variable, and 5 health outcomes (self-rated health, activities of daily living limitations, instrumental activities of daily living limitations, chronic conditions, and depression). We perform multivariable analyses by estimating logistic regression models for each country and each outcome. Multiple comparisons between categories of number of children revealed at least 1 significant difference in each country, and a majority of significant differences indicated those with more children had poorer health. The risk of poorer health for parents of multiple children was observed in 15 countries, but in some countries, fewer children predict poorer health. The greatest number of differences was identified for depression and chronic conditions, and very few for functional limitations. We observe a greater probability that more children are associated with poorer health in later life, especially for chronic conditions and depression. However, a universal global or regional pattern could not be identified. These findings raise new questions about how country contexts shape fertility and health.
Mair, C. A., Thygesen, L. C., Aldridge, M., Tay, D. L., & Ornstein, K. A. (2023). End-of-Life Experiences Among “Kinless” Older Adults: A Nationwide Register-Based Study. Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Background: The population of older adults who are unpartnered and childless (i.e., “kinless”) is increasing across the globe, and may be at risk for lower quality end-of-life (EoL) experiences due to lack of family support, assistance, and advocacy. Yet, little research exists on the EoL experiences of “kinless” older adults.
Objectives: To document associations between family structure (i.e., presence or absence of partner or child) and intensity of EoL experiences (i.e., visits to medicalized settings before death).
Design: The study design is a cross-sectional population-based register study of the population of Denmark.
Subjects: Participants include all adults age 60 years and older who died of natural causes in Denmark from 2009 to 2016 (n = 137,599 decedents).
Results: “Kinless” older adults (reference = has partner, has child) were the least likely group to visit the hospital (two or more times; odds ratio [OR] = 0.74, confidence interval [CI] = 0.70–0.77), emergency department (one or more times; OR = 0.90, CI = 0.86–0.93), and intensive care unit (one or more times; OR = 0.71, CI = 0.67–0.75) before death.
Conclusions: “Kinless” older adults in Denmark were less likely to experience medically intensive care at the EoL. Further research is needed to understand factors associated with this pattern to ensure that all individuals receive high quality EoL care regardless of their family structure and family tie availability.
Tang, D., Mair, C. A., & Hu, Q. (2023). Widowhood, social networks, and mental health among Chinese older adults: The moderating effects of gender. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, 1142036.
Objectives: This study aimed to examine the three-way interaction between widowhood, social ties, and gender and its effects on older adults’ mental health, including depressive symptoms and life satisfaction, in the context of China.
Methods: Participants were 7,601 Chinese older adults. Their social network was divided between family and friendship ties, and their mental health was measured by depressive symptoms and life satisfaction. Linear regression was employed to analyze the associations between widowhood, social networks, and mental health, as well as to explore the moderating effect of gender.
Results: Widowhood is associated with more depressive symptoms, but not with life satisfaction, while family and friendship ties are associated with less depressive symptoms and greater life satisfaction. Furthermore, the lack of family ties is associated with more depressive symptoms for widowed men compared to married older men, while it is associated with lower life satisfaction for widowed women compared to married older women.
Conclusion: Family ties are the most important social support resource for Chinese older adults, especially for the widowed group. The vulnerability of older widowed men who lack family ties in China deserves public concern and attention.
Gedvilaitė-Kordušienė, M., & Mikulionienė, S. (2023). Perceived Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Loneliness: The Most Vulnerable Population Groups. Emerging Science Journal, 7, 281-293.
COVID-19 pandemic lockdown measures reasonably limited the social contacts of people in many countries. It is crucial to understand the effect of such policies on people’s social ties and the possible need for evidence-based public policy amendments. Therefore, this study examines 1) the prevalence of loneliness in the population aged 15+ in Lithuania in late 2021 and 2) the self-rated effect of the COVID crisis on loneliness in population groups with different levels of loneliness. It also focuses on the socio-demographic characteristics of these population groups. Data from a representative cross-sectional quantitative survey (N = 1067), carried out in November–December 2021, was used. Based on the 6-item De Jong Gierveld Loneliness Scale, descriptive statistics analysis revealed the high prevalence (51% of a medium level of loneliness) in the Lithuanian population. One in three people (36%) declared low-level loneliness, and each seventh or eighth (13%) reported high-level loneliness. The feelings of respondents who reported a high level of loneliness were also less stable; they more often stated that their feelings of loneliness increased during the pandemic. These research findings make contributions to studies of loneliness within the context of sudden crises. They emphasise the importance of policymakers focusing on additional measures when preparing for future emergencies and providing special attention to residents who experience the highest levels of loneliness.
Serrat, R., Nyqvist, F., Torres, S., Dury, S., & Näsman, M. (2023). Civic engagement among foreign-born and native-born older adults living in Europe: a SHARE-based analysis. European Journal of Ageing, 20(1), 16.
Civic engagement is one of the cornerstones of participatory democracy and fundamental to preventing old-age social exclusion. Even though civic engagement late-in-life has received considerable attention, there is a lacuna of research on older migrants’ civic engagement. This study aims therefore to examine potential predictors of civic engagement in terms of formal volunteering and participation in political organisations among foreign-born and native-born older adults in Europe. Attention is hereby given to how socio-structural resources and social capital are associated with civic engagement, and whether these associations differ between foreign-born and native-born. Data from wave 7 of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe [n = 74,150; 5710 of them are foreign-born] were used in multivariable logistic regression analyses. Results show that socio-structural and social capital variables are positively associated with volunteering and participation in political organisations, both in native-born and foreign-born older adults. The study also suggests that place of birth (in Europe vs. outside Europe) and age-upon-migration play a role in predicting civic engagement among foreign-born older adults, and are therefore features worth considering when studying older migrants’ civic engagement.
Aldiabat, K., Alsrayheen, E.A., & Le Navenec , C. (2023). Death anxiety among older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: Implications for nursing practice. Universal Journal of Public Health, 11 (1), 89 –96.
Death anxiety is a worldwide phenomenon among diverse populations, including older adults. However, few studies were located in a literature review that examined how the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the perception of death anxiety among the older adult population. Therefore, the purpose of this scoping review article is two-fold: (1) to provide an introductory discussion, based on the literature, regarding how the Covid-19 pandemic and its precautionary measurements provoke death anxiety, including its sub-category of predatory death anxiety, among older adults; and (2) to identify non-pharmacological interventions specific to death anxiety management for gerontological nurses to use during the Covid-19 pandemic or similar pandemics in the future. An intended outcome of this discussion paper is an enhanced understanding of ways to provide effective psychological care to older adults. The focus of discussion includes: the role of sociocultural factors, predatory death anxiety and Terror Management Theory, salient nursing assessment parameters and non-pharmacological interventions to address death anxiety among this population of older adults. In conclusion, gerontological nurses need to demonstrate evidence-based practice taking into consideration their own definition and perceptions of death, the reasons for their beliefs, and the cultural, situational, and spiritual context, in which they practice.
Aldiabat, k., Alsrayheen, E., Alshammari, M. A., Le Navenec, C., & Griscti, O. (2023). Omani families caring for a member with mental illness:
A descriptive qualitative study. The Qualitative Report, 28(7), 1992-2010.
The aim of this qualitative descriptive study was to gain an in depth understanding and knowledge regarding how Omani families care for a member with mental illness including how they supported the latter in self-care activities. Data was collected from participants using a purposive sample consisting of ten family caregivers whose member was in Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat. Each caregiver participated in one semi-structured interview. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The findings included two major themes: The first theme was “caring and empowering with empathy, love, and understanding.” The second theme was “self-denial and giving without limitations.” In conclusion, Omani family caregivers for a mentally ill family member provided optimum level of care to help and empower their family members to manage the mental illness. However, in so doing, those caregivers denied and neglected themselves for taking care of their family members with a mental illness. Several appropriate clinical interventions and policies are needed to support those family caregivers, to create a situation recently referred to as becoming “care partners.”
Hirst, S., & Le Navenec, C. (2023). Retired faculty members on university campuses: A mentoring resource. The Bulletin: European Association of Professors Emeriti, Issue 4(2), pp. 34-35.
Gallistl, V., & von Laufenberg, R. (2023). Caring for data in later life–the datafication of ageing as a matter of care. Information, Communication & Society, 1-16.
This article examines the datafication of ageing by drawing on a practice approach toward care. We describe the datafication of ageing as a matter of care, achieved through the local tinkering of actors – technology designers, care staff, older adults, and highlighting the practices necessary to develop, maintain and implement data infrastructures. This paper draws on research conducted in a qualitative interview study in a LTC facility that uses AI-supported sensors to detect, predict and alarm care staff about falls of older residents. 18 interviews with developers, staff, residents and interest groups were conducted, as well as 24 hours of participant observation in the care facility. The results reveal how AI-development for older target groups is characterized by absent data on these populations. Designers turn to practices that decontextualize data from the realities of older adults, relying on domain experts or synthetic data. This decontextualization of data requires recontextualization, with staff and older residents ensuring that the system functions smoothly, adapting their behavior, protecting the system from making false decisions and making existing care arrangements ‘fit’ the databases used to monitor activities in these arrangements. The ambivalent position of older adults in this data assemblage is further highlighted, as their caring practices are made invisible by different actors through ageist stereotypes, positioning them as being too frail to understand and engage with the system. While their bodily behavior is core for the databases, their perspective on and engagements with the operating system are marginalized, rendering some aspects of ageing hyper-visible, and others invisible.
Gallistl, V., & Wanka, A. (2023). Spacetimematter of aging - The material temporalities of later life. Journal of Aging Studies, 67, 101182.
Material gerontology poses the question of how aging processes are co-constituted in relation to different forms of (human and non-human) materiality. This paper makes a novel contribution by asking when aging processes are co-constituted and how these temporalities of aging are entangled with different forms of materiality. In this paper, we explore the entanglements of temporality and materiality in shaping later life by framing them as spacetimematters (Barad, 2013). By drawing on empirical examples from data from a qualitative case study in a long-term care (LTC) facility, we ask how the entanglement of materiality and temporality of a fall-detection sensor co-constitutes aging. We focus on two types of material temporality that came to matter in age-boundary-making practices at this site: the material temporality of a technology-in-training and the material temporality of (false) alarms. Both are interwoven, produced and reproduced through spacetimematterings that established age-boundaries. Against the backdrop of these findings, we propose to understand age(ing) as a situated, distributed, more-than-human process of practices: It emerges in an assemblage of technological innovation discourses, problematizations of demographic change, digitized and analog practices of care and caring, bodily functioning, daily routines, institutionalized spaces and much more. Finally, we discuss the role power plays in those spacetimematterings of aging and conclude with a research outlook for material gerontology.
Wanka, A., Schmidt, S., Iwarsson, S., Oswald, F., Wazinski, K., Slaug, B., Kylén, M. (2023). Moving in together in later life: Making spaces into places as a joint endeavor. Journal of Aging Studies, 68, 101191. Online first.
We focus on the linkages between relocation, new forms of partner cohabitation, and retirement. What are the patterns and trajectories of moving in with a partner in retirement? How do older adults experience different transitions, place attachment, and placemaking when they move in with a partner? In this qualitative study, 50 persons between 60 and 75 years old were interviewed in Sweden and Germany. For this paper, we focused on nine participants who experienced a relocation with a partner in retirement. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a strategy derived from social constructivist Grounded Theory and thematic analysis. Research participants described experiences of several relocations and cohabitation trajectories. In particular, we identified two patterns of relocating with a partner in retirement: moving into a new place with a partner and moving into a partner's pre-existing home, the latter proving more challenging for forming place attachment and for the couple relationship. Relocation experiences appeared to form a joint process in which relationships and retirement were renegotiated. Using cross-cultural data, this novel study shows an unexpected diversity in housing and cohabitation trajectories among older adults. More research is needed to understand what “aging in the right place” with “the right person” really means and the role of life course trajectories and couple negotiations in such processes. Future research should focus on what comes before and after relocation rather than solely studying the decision-making process that leads up to a move.
Donnellan WJ, Sepulveda Garcia L, Gibson SM, Butcher P, Lariviere MJ. (2023) What are the Challenges and Resilience Resources Identified by Informal Carers During the First UK COVID-19 Lockdown? A Longitudinal Qualitative Study Using Naturalistic Data. Qualitative Health Research, 33(3):236-246.
COVID-19 has posed serious challenges for informal carers living in the UK. This article examines some of the specific challenges facing carers and the resources they used to manage them throughout the first UK lockdown. We used a framework approach to analyse naturalistic, longitudinal data from 30 carers taking part in 96 of Mobilise’s daily Virtual Cuppas between March and July 2020. We found that lack of information and social restrictions cumulatively impacted carers’ sense of certainty, control and motivation. This took an emotional toll on the carers, leading to exhaustion and burden. However, carers quickly established new routines and used humour and self-care to actively manage their wellbeing. Carers received support but also provided it to those in need, including fellow members of the caregiving community, supporting an ecological approach to carer resilience. Our findings may be used to anticipate challenges and promote protective resilience resources in future lockdowns.
Loh, V., Hamilton, M., Baird, M., Zettna, N., Constantin, A., Andrei, D. M., Petery, G. A., & Parker, S. K. (2023). Money matters, but what else? Mature worker motives and the importance of gender, age, socioeconomic status and age-inclusive HR practices. Australian Journal of Management, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/03128962231176322
Policies encouraging extended workforce participation mainly focus on financial motives, but socioemotional selectivity theory and research suggest that mature worker motives are multifaceted, with emotionally meaningful goals gaining importance with age. We adopt a person-centred approach using latent class analysis of survey data from 1501 Australian workers aged 45 years and over. Two motivational profiles based on patterns of motives were identified, which we term income-dominant (income is the main reason) and socioemotional-income (socioemotional reasons are dominant, but income is important too). Contrary to expectations, we found no evidence of a socioemotional-dominant profile. This provides new theoretical insights, as it suggests that even though socioemotional reasons may increase in importance with age, financial reasons remain important to most mature workers, especially those who may view work as being transactional. Being female, older, and having higher socioeconomic status and age-inclusive HR policies increase the odds of having a socioemotional-income rather than income-dominant profile. The socioemotional-income subgroup had lower turnover intentions and later desired retirement ages than the income-dominant subgroup, highlighting the potential for more socioemotionally focused policies and practices to encourage extended workforce participation.
Xie, Y; Hamilton, M; Sinclair, C; Peisah, C; Anstey, K (2023) Navigating Community-based Aged Care Services from the Consumer Perspective: A Scoping Review, The Gerontologist. gnad017. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnad017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37120292
Background and objectives:The shift to consumer-directed aged care means that older adults need to play a more active role in navigating the complex aged care system for adequate health and social services. Challenges in the navigation process result in unmet needs and difficulty accessing available resources. This scoping review investigates how aged care navigation is conceptualized in literature and interrogates research on the experiences of older adults navigating community-based aged care services with or without support from their informal carers.
Research design and methods:This review follows the Joanna Briggs Institute methodological guidelines. PubMed, Scopus, and ProQuest were searched for relevant literature published from 2008 to 2021, supplemented by grey literature and manual reference list searching. Data were extracted using a predefined data-extraction table and synthesized with an inductive thematic analysis.
Results:The current conceptualization of aged care navigation focuses on the support provided to older adults, rather than actions taken by older adults themselves. Thematic analysis from the included studies (n = 26) revealed shared themes (lack of knowledge, social networks as information providers, complex care systems) among older adults and informal carers; unique challenges faced by older adults (difficulties with technology, waiting game), and informal carers (structural burden) in aged care navigation.
Discussion and implications: Findings suggest the need to comprehensively assess individual circumstances including social networks and access to informal carers as predictors of successful navigation. Changes that reduce the complexity of the aged care system and improve coordination will relieve the structural burden experienced by consumers.