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The Meaning of Home among Elderly Immigrants: Directions for Future Research and Theoretical Development

Housing Studies

Author: Lewin, F. A.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2000


The paper discusses the notion that, in research on elderly immigrant housing, it is not enough to delineate the residential geography of different elderly immigrant groups or to study the economic and social reasons for their segregated habitations and exclusiveness. It is also necessary to understand, in the spatial context, the degree of integration and the differences between groups. In explaining these differences, consideration should be given to each elderly immigrant group's own value system, norms and preferences. It is argued that one necessary task in this endeavour is to gain knowledge about different elderly immigrant groups' understandings of what a home symbolises - what home means to them in the context of their particular ways of thinking and culture. From this point of view, the paper concludes that, when investigating the meaning of 'home' among elderly immigrants, an integrative theoretical approach based on an experiential perspective and a phenomenological and developmental perspective are deemed appropriate to be adopted.

Further Details

Full Title: Housing Studies
Pages: 353-370
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Accession Number: December, 2010
Electronic Resource Number: 10.1080/02673030120049715
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 24/07/2013
Keywords: olderhousingelderly immigrantsmeaning of 'home'experiential perspectivepheomenological and developmental perspective
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