This Focus Topic brings together an analysis of cross-cutting fields of critical importance for the future: aging, migrant transnationalism, and new media. While each of these fields has prompted vast literatures, their intersections remain surprisingly under-acknowledged. Yet, it is at these intersections that a significant social transformation is currently underway that requires attention from researchers, policy makers, and service providers engaging with older populations. The papers in this Focus Topic seek to highlight the pressing need to examine the transformation of aging by transnational migration and new media. Collectively, they demonstrate that policies and understandings of aging in place largely fail to acknowledge the cultural diversity of aging and the increasing complexity of notions of “place” (Gieryn, 2000) in people’s everyday lives.
Baldassar, Loretta ; Wilding, Raelene ; Boccagni, Paolo ; Merla, Laura. Aging in place in a mobile world: New media and older people’s support networks (Special Issue). In: Transnational Social Review : a social work journal, Vol. 7, no.1, p. 2-9 (2017).
Special issue: Aging in place in a mobile world: New media and older people’s support networks