New Challenges to Ageing in the Rural North

A Critical Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Päivi Naskali
  • Joan R. Harbison
  • Shahnaj Begum

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 22)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Päivi Naskali, Joan R. Harbison, Shahnaj Begum
    Pages 1-10
  3. Changing Politics and Welfare Policies in the North

  4. Challenges in Meeting Older People’s Needs in the Northern Rural Context

  5. Age, Voice and Resistance

  6. The Transition to Second Modernity: Ageing in the Arctic

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Chris Gilleard, Paul Higgs
      Pages 241-251
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 253-257

About this book


This book provides an underexplored view of ageing, one that conceives older people as valuable resources in their communities, as active citizens with both voice, and an agency that includes the capacity for resistance. It acknowledges that becoming old with dignity means also paying attention to caring, good health services and the possibility of good death. The book defines age and ageing as multiple, culturally and historically constructed phenomena that are only loosely connected to the years of one’s life. In focusing on the peripheral North located in the Nordic, Canadian and Russian north, it highlights important questions and viewpoints that can be found and adapted to other rural areas. The book answers the following questions: What is the relevance of legislation and international legal agreements in ensuring the rights of elderly people under political and economic changes? What challenges do geographic isolation, changing age structure, and cultural and ecological transformations pose to possibilities for meeting older people’s needs for engagement in society as well as for their care?  As such this book will be of interest to all those working in population aging.


Ageing in Rural Arctic Setting Changing Age Structure Changing Welfare of the Elderly Elderly Care and Quality of Life Gender, Agency and Voice

Editors and affiliations

  • Päivi Naskali
    • 1
  • Joan R. Harbison
    • 2
  • Shahnaj Begum
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit for Gender Studies, Faculty of EducationUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland
  2. 2.School of Social WorkDalhousie UniversityHalifax, NSCanada
  3. 3.Unit for Gender Studies, Faculty of EducationUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland

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