Theorizing ‘place’ in aging in place: The need for territorial and relational perspectives

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This paper argues for a greater theorization of ‘place’ within aging in place research. It extends calls for a relational conceptualization of place by demonstrating the need for aging in place researchers to also pay greater attention to territorial aspects of place. This complementary understanding will help establish a new spatial grammar within aging in place research, that not only would improve conceptual clarity to aging in place, but it would also support a more critical engagement of aging in place in questions of inequality. The paper demonstrates this through a discussion of two forms of inequality pertinent to older people: the uneven capacity of places to support older people and experiences of social exclusion in relation to place attachment for older people from marginalized groups.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Gerontologist
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2023


  • Inequalities
  • Place-attachment
  • Age-Friendly environments
  • Conceptual development


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