Discussing the interest in age, vitality and proximity in dispersed regional communities

McDonald, Lisa (2014) Discussing the interest in age, vitality and proximity in dispersed regional communities. International Journal of Critical Cultural Studies, 12 (2). pp. 23-38. ISSN 2327-0055


Flirting with maturity, I stand among furrowed brows. I'm attending a fair for older people and hope to make new connections. I mean to explore what seem already settled terms: population; ageing; region; digital; technology; future. Yet each word is surely a sentence, with 'future,' a passage on its own. The setting is a church hall in the Queensland mountain city of Toowoomba. The hall fills early with stalls and spectators. I take a program and wander in. Expectantly, I scan the room and recall statistics. Approximately a quarter of older Australians live in smaller cities and towns, with one in seven of us now over the age of 65. I see nothing before me which troubles that view and read little to suggest anything but trouble ─ legitimating older age in Australia tends to focus on infrastructure and services planning with economic demands firmly in view. But taking that practice as given, this exploratory paper seeks not to replicate the utilitarian view. It means to find openings for generative potential, and extract from the detail of older lives the intensities of interaction with space, place and time, the foundations upon which new human mobilities are built. If regional Australia courts a 'digital future,' it is with interest (after Stengers) in local innovations and small events, sometimes beyond the human, which guarantees that future as an enduring presence.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
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Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 06:01
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2016 03:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: age; vitality; place; space; time
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940103 Ageing and Older People
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950299 Communication not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25841

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