Introduction: Ageing in the Rural North

  • Päivi NaskaliEmail author
  • Joan R. Harbison
  • Shahnaj Begum
Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 22)


This book provides new knowledge about the wellbeing, rights, and policies of older people in the Arctic in the times of changing Nordic welfare. Demographic ageing is taking place in an increasingly globalized world. At the same time, governments are in the process of decreasing the state’s responsibility of peoples’ well-being, and promoting marketization. The book analyses the effects of the changing politics and welfare policies on legal and human rights, services, and on the wellbeing of older people who are affected by the changes being made. It also gives voice to the older people to better identifying their welfare needs. The book demonstrates that there is a lack of political will to address both the negative consequences, and the challenges, of welfare change in the Arctic.


Ageing Arctic Changing Nordic welfare Legal and human rights Policies and services Gender 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Päivi Naskali
    • 1
    Email author
  • Joan R. Harbison
    • 2
  • Shahnaj Begum
    • 1
  1. 1.Unit for Gender Studies, Faculty of EducationUniversity of LaplandRovaniemiFinland
  2. 2.School of Social WorkDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada

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