Ageing in Place over time: The making and unmaking of home

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‘Ageing in place’ is a key component of UK policy, aimed at supporting older people to remain living in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. Although wide-ranging, the scholarly literature in this field has not sufficiently examined the interconnections between ageing in place and the changing experience of ‘home’ over time. This paper addresses this gap in a novel way by bringing together qualitative secondary analysis of longitudinal data with critical literature on ‘home’ and Mason’s (2018) cutting-edge theories of ‘affinities’ to understand the multi-dimensionality of home in relation to ageing in place. The paper makes significant methodological, empirical, and theoretical contributions to the field of scholarship on home, by demonstrating how homes are made and unmade over time. Discussions of home emerged organically in the longitudinal data that focused on people’s travel and transport use, allowing our qualitative secondary analysis approach to look anew at how experiences of home are dynamically shaped by people’s potent connections inside and outside the dwelling. Presenting an empirical analysis of four case studies, the paper suggests that future discussions in the field of ageing in place should pay closer attention to the factors which shape experiences of the un/making of home over time, such as how deteriorating physical and mental health can shape how people experience their dwelling and neighbourhood as well as their relationships across these settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociological Research Online
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Mar 2022


  • Home
  • Ageing in place
  • Affinities
  • qualitative secondary data analysis
  • longitudinal research


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