Using the migration lens to expand the gerontological imagination on aging, old age and elderly care

15 February 2017, 3.30 PM - 15 February 2017, 5.00 PM

Professor Sandra Torres. Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Sweden

SSLF-Institute Board Room, 2 Priory Road​, University of Bristol, Bristol

The globalization of international migration is increasing the ethno-cultural diversity of aging populations across Europe and has put new phenomenon on the agenda of elderly care planners and providers such as, for example, migrant care workers and the formulation of diversity-aware policies and practices.

This lecture will draw attention to these issues through brief allusions to ongoing research (i.e. a study of media representations on elderly care and migration-related issues (based on content analysis of daily newspaper articles); a study of the challenges that increased ethno-cultural diversity poses to need assessment practice (based on focus group interviews with care managers and content analysis of their case files) and a study of how end-of life-care staff regard and address ethno-cultural diversity (based on focus group interviews), which questions some of the taken for granted assumptions in gerontological research, policy and practice.

This lecture aims to open up a dialogue about how research, policy and practice about aging, old age and elderly care can be developed in these globalized times.The lecture will ultimately argue that much could be gained if the gerontological imagination were to seriously engage with the theoretical profuse study angles that the globalization of international migration offers.

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*Please note time change - The lecture will start at 15.30 (with coffee and tea available from 15.00) and finish at 17.00.*

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The lecture has been organised by the University of Bristol, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, Faculty Research Group - Ageing and the Life Course

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