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Social inequality in old age: the migratory lens
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Paper presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Nov. 18-22 in Boston, USA, 2011, Vol. 51, no Suppl 2Conference paper (Refereed)
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Globalization is challenging social gerontologists’ notions of who older migrants are and how to cater to their needs. This presentation aims to show that there are specific risks for social exclusion associated with the migratory life-course even if mechanisms of social exclusion are bound to work differently depending on the when, why and where surrounding the migratory life-course. The manner in which social exclusion is experienced by older migrants will depend, however, not only on the type of migration they have engaged in (e.g. international labor migrants, family-reunification migrants, amenity-seeking migrants and refugee) but also on the social positions (class, ethnicity and gender to name a few) from which they depart. The presentation will show the differences in conceptualizations of social exclusion that are characteristic of both, gerontological research and research in migration/ethnicity-related issues, since these streams of research depart from different approaches to social exclusion. As such they put forth different solutions to the problem of social exclusion and have different conceptualizations of what social integration is. The presentation will address these differences as well as the implications they have for gerontological research, policy and practice.

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2011. Vol. 51, no Suppl 2
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166141DOI: 10.1093/geront/gns068ISI: 000303602003282OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166141DiVA: diva2:475447
64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Nov. 18-22th in Boston, USA
Available from: 2012-01-10 Created: 2012-01-10 Last updated: 2012-06-25Bibliographically approved

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