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Issue Mapping for an Ageing Europe

Issue Mapping for an Ageing Europe

Richard Rogers
Natalia Sánchez-Querubín
Aleksandra Kil
Copyright Date: 2015
Pages: 148
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    Issue Mapping for an Ageing Europe
    Book Description:

    In Europe, the old will soon outnumber the young-an event that will threaten the stability of both pension and healthcare systems while also changing the migration patterns of those who need and provide care. This volume uses new media technologies to map this urgent issue. The latest theoretical approaches to issue mapping are put into practice via online mapping techniques, demonstrations of ways to explore the complex issue of demographics, and discussion of the debates surrounding available online data. By employing websites of non-governmental organizations, search engine queries identifying cultural philosophies about ageing, and more, the contributors to this volume have defined the agenda for ageing issues throughout Europe.

    eISBN: 978-90-485-2445-7
    Subjects: Sociology

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 1-4)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. 5-6)
  3. Acknowledgements
    (pp. 7-8)
  4. 1. Introduction: Issue mapping, ageing, and digital methods
    (pp. 9-40)

    Stakeholders, students, issue professionals, workshop participants, practitioners, advocates, action researchers, activists, artists, and social entrepreneurs are often asked to make sense of the social issues that concern and affect the organizations and projects they are involved with. In doing so, they have to cope with information sources both aggregated and disaggregated, where opposing claims clash and where structured narratives are unavailable, or are only now being written. At the same time, the issues must be analysed, for they are urgent and palpable. The outcomes of the projects also need to be communicated to the various publics and audiences of their...

  5. 2. A social cartography of ageing
    (pp. 41-70)

    The role and status of older people in contemporary Europe, and indeed elsewhere in the world, is in flux. There is a heavily ageing population throughout Europe, and in the European Union there are decreasing resources to address the consequences of the trend through state-sponsored initiatives (Carone and Costello, 2006). The importance of this ageing issue and all its surrounding themes are in evidence in the 2012 EU project, the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. It brings together European organizations and governments, not to mention researchers, social entrepreneurs and other issue professionals, focused on finding ‘innovative...

  6. 3. A risk cartography of ageing
    (pp. 71-92)

    Populations are ageing. Often considered a natural or biological process, more people growing old, or ageing more generally, may be thought of as a societal accomplishment. In the words of Ulrich Beck, ageing is a triumph of modernization (2009). Beck describes a particular paradox of certain triumphs of modernity, which he calls ‘self-inflicted insecurities’ that are ‘affluence-induced’ (2009, p. 50; p. 199). One may interpret the issue of ageing populations in a similar vain. Basic, modern principles and policies (such as advanced healthcare for all) are triumphs that also undermine core institutions of society (a stable pension system), producing insecurity...

  7. 4. A critical cartography of ageing
    (pp. 93-140)

    We arrive finally at the cartographic map, as the findings we made in previous chapters have led us more and more towards the question of ageing and place. Risk cartography has aided us in thinking about ageing as an issue that urgently requires us to leave the borders of the proud nation-state (and an analytical starting point referred to as methodological nationalism), in favour of the transnational outlook and assemblage, potentially bringing us to what Ulrich Beck referred to as a cosmopolitan moment of enlightenment. In search of this moment we followed the traces left by migrations of care workers...

  8. 5. Conclusion: Mapping for an ageing Europe
    (pp. 141-152)

    We began with a series of statements about the coming times in Europe when the older outnumber the younger. The demographic prediction has placed urgent challenges on institutions and together with changes to retirement laws and pension schemes has transformed ageing from a matter of fact (biological process) into a matter of concern (issue). Questions that to some extent were already settled are now open to debate. For instance, when (and where) are people considered to be old, according to both the gender as well as the country? How should individual and state responsibilities be weighed? Also, new questions arise:...

  9. Glossary of tools used
    (pp. 153-156)
  10. References
    (pp. 157-162)
  11. Notes
    (pp. 163-164)
  12. Index
    (pp. 165-170)