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Participation in rural contexts: community matters

Julia Rozanova, Donna Dosman and Jenny de Jong Gierveld

in Rural ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349019
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303299 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349019.003.0008
Participation in rural contexts: community matters

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This chapter demonstrates the ways in which the characteristics of rural communities may or may not foster the social participation of older rural residents. It focuses on two kinds of participation: helping others and volunteer activities in formal organisations. These two types of participation show the different ways to engage with and contribute to the community. While helping others is based on individual connections, volunteer activities are community oriented.

Keywords: social participation; helping others; volunteer activities; formal organisations; individual connections; community oriented

Chapter.  5157 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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