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Everyday Life Mobilities of Older Persons: A Case Study of Ageing in a Suburban Landscape in Sweden
Lunds universitet.
Lunds universitet.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (Geomedia/Kufo)
2015 (English)In: Mobilities, ISSN 1745-0101, E-ISSN 1745-011X, Vol. 10, no 3, 383-401 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper describes the changing everyday life mobility of an older couple living in a suburb in Sweden. The methods used are longitudinal interviews and time-geographical diaries. The results show a pronounced dependence on car use. Representations of suburbia – as places of freedom, independence and mobility enabled by private cars – devolve into a harsh reality, i.e. disabling lock-in effects for people gradually losing locomotion, and experiencing diminishing mobility capital and social intercourse. From a time-geographical perspective, capability constraints unfold in the form of time-demanding basic needs and limited access to different modes of transport due to deteriorating health and location of residence. Increased neighbourhood barriers and authority constraints also imply restricted access to different spaces and reduced control over one’s life situation.

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2015. Vol. 10, no 3, 383-401 p.
Keyword [en]
everyday life mobility, elderly, dependence, suburbia
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36013DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2013.874836ISI: 000354043600003OAI: diva2:811992
Available from: 2015-05-14 Created: 2015-05-14 Last updated: 2016-04-11Bibliographically approved

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