Seniors in shopping centres

White, Rob, Toohey, Julie-Anne and Asquith, Nicole 2015, Seniors in shopping centres, Journal of sociology, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 582-595, doi: 10.1177/1440783313507494.

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Title Seniors in shopping centres
Author(s) White, Rob
Toohey, Julie-Anne
Asquith, Nicole
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 51
Issue number 3
Start page 582
End page 595
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-09
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) Ageing
Built environment
Social inclusion
Shopping centres
Summary Many studies have examined issues of youth and public spaces; however, less attention has been devoted to seniors and their navigation and experience of community spaces, particularly in relation to their sense of inclusion in, or exclusion from, consumptive spaces. This paper explores the everyday experiences of seniors in four Australian shopping centres, two in Melbourne and two in Hobart. Based on a survey of 260 seniors (the majority aged 75 years or more), respondents’ perceptions of this environment are considered, including the reasons for visiting the shopping centre, and the challenges of accessing and negotiating the shopping centre ‘terrain’.
The research findings indicate that how seniors engage with and navigate the shopping centre is influenced not only by the nature of the space itself, but also by their personal historical and cultural experiences. Where and why seniors choose to ‘hang out’ in shopping centres has implications for research into the social landscapes of ageing, along with public policy and shopping centre procedures. There is a need to consider both the social and physical well-being of older people in the shopping centre locus, and to take positive steps towards improving and enhancing their experience in an environment that is often used to provide a range of experiences that go beyond mere ‘retail therapy’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783313507494
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
160805 Social Change
Socio Economic Objective 940103 Ageing and Older People
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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