Diversity and inclusion in local governance: an Australian study of seniors' participation

Petriwskyj, Andrea and Warburton, Jeni and Everingham, Jo-Anne and Cuthill, Michael (2012) Diversity and inclusion in local governance: an Australian study of seniors' participation. Journal of Aging Studies, 26 (2). pp. 182-191. ISSN 0890-4065

Abstract

The importance of hearing older people's voices within local governance processes is well recognised; however, the increasing diversity among older people makes this complex. Questions around inclusion and exclusion, representation and representativeness create challenges for the ways in which diverse older people are engaged. This paper uses the results from a qualitative study conducted in Australia to address the key research question: how does diversity impact on older people's perceptions and experiences of barriers to participation in local governance? Results indicate that diversity impacts not simply on what barriers are reported by seniors, but on how those barriers are experienced. Patterns among the barriers reported
and their relationship with diversity reflect questions around representation and inclusion. Thus despite broad acceptance of the notion that understanding diversity is integral to inclusion, challenges remain for older people's engagement with local governance processes. A deeper
understanding of diversity and how it relates to inclusion are required.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Elsevier Inc. Permanent restricted access to Published Version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - No Department
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2013 07:16
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: seniors; older people; diversity; Australia; inclusion; participation; local governance
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160599 Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9499 Other Law, Politics and Community Services > 949999 Law, Politics and Community Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.003
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22783

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