Old-Age Social Exclusion: New Sociological Questions for Heterogeneous Ageing Societies

Tuesday, 17 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

The disparate evidence on disadvantaged older people needs a further in-depth theoretical and empirical foundation to develop a coherent and comprehensive discourse on old-age exclusion (Walsh, Scharf, Keating, 2016). Exclusion domains such as: material and financial resources, services, amenities and mobility, social relations, civic participation, neighborhood and community as well as socio-cultural aspects of society can be used as key themes in the conceptual and empirical study of social exclusion of older people. However, there is still a challenge in the sub-discipline of the sociology of ageing to address critical gaps in sociological understanding within each of these themes in order to effectively and efficiently respond to old-age exclusion for ageing societies all over the world. At the same time, existing data and studies of the situations of current disadvantaged and socially excluded older generations throughout the world could be perceived as a further incentive to make a contribution regarding how the diverse sociological contexts in these above mentioned domains can have an impact on the older people themselves. 

This session involves members of the European COST Action CA15122 Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion: Collaborations in Research and Policy (ROSEnet) to explore not only in Europe but also beyond to what extent social, economic, spatial exclusion is experienced and having an impact on ageing populations. ROSEnet aims to contribute to theoretical developments in this field as well to further empirical studies.

This session is open to quantitative, qualitative and conceptual studies focusing – preferably - on multiple countries and across continents.

Session Organizers:
Lucie VIDOVICOVA, Masaryk Uni, Czech Republic, Jim OGG, Research on Ageing Unit, Caisse nationale d'assurance vieilliesse, France, Jolanta PEREK-BIALAS, Jagiellonian University, Poland and Kieran WALSH, Institute for Lifecourse and Society, Irish Center for Social Gerontology, National University of Ireland of Galway, Ireland
Jolanta PEREK-BIALAS, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Oral Presentations
Do Social Activities Promote Age Integration in Social Networks? A Comparison of Age Cohorts across Regions of Europe
Haosen SUN, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada; Markus SCHAFER, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada
Retirement Migration: A Way to Evade Social Exclusion?
Marion REPETTI, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland; Toni CALASANTI, Virginia Tech, USA
Older People Living Alone in Lithuania: Challenges of Social Inclusion
Sarmite MIKULIONIENE, Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Lithuania; Margarita GEDVILAITĖ - KORDUŠIENĖ, Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Lithuania
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