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Title: ‘We built this city’: Mobilities, urban livelihoods and social infrastructure in the lives of elderly Ghanaians
Authors: Wignall, R.
McQuaid, K.
Gough, Katherine V.
Esson, James
Keywords: Africa
Gerontology
Global South
Qualitative
Urban
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: WIGNALL, R. ... et al, 2019. ‘We built this city’: Mobilities, urban livelihoods and social infrastructure in the lives of elderly Ghanaians. Geoforum, Doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.022
Abstract: This article examines the experiences of an often-neglected population group in geographical scholarship, namely, elderly people living in African cities. Using qualitative research conducted in the Ghanaian cities of Accra and Sekondi-Takoradi, we demonstrate how investigating older people’s mobilities, and examining how they influence social and economic processes, has important implications for how agency in urban contexts is conceptualized. We do so using a novel analytical framework that combines mobilities and social infrastructure approaches to generate empirical insights that are more attuned to the spontaneity, heterogeneity, and informality of African urbanism as encountered by older residents. Our findings extend scholarship on ageing and urban studies in two key ways. First, we reveal the dispositions, practices and strategies older residents deploy as part of their efforts to navigate the urban terrain. Through doing so we qualify popular narratives in geography, and allied disciplines, of older people as either care givers or care receivers. Second, we further scholarship in urban studies which, while more considerate of insights from the majority world, especially the experiences of children and youth, has overlooked how older people are shaping urban dynamics in Africa.
Description: This paper is closed access until 10 May 2021.
Sponsor: This research is part of the ‘African Rural-City Connections’ (RurbanAfrica) research project. RurbanAfrica is funded by the European Union under the 7th Research Framework Programme (theme SSH), Grant Agreement no. 290732. More information can be found at: http://rurbanafrica.ku.dk/.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.022
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/37534
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.03.022
ISSN: 0016-7185
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Geography and Environment)

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