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Covid-19 a nové perspektivy v environmentální gerontologii a výzkumu stárnutí

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Title in English Covid-19 and new perspectives in environmental gerontology and ageing research


Year of publication 2020
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description Scholars writing from the perspective of environmental sociology have long been focusing on and bringing our attention to the complexities of (ageing) person-environment relations, linking the quality of a person´s life and the nature of the context of her life carefully. Climatic gerontology has accentuated the importance of the research on the environmental crisis and climate change impacts on older people and vice versa – the effects of population ageing on those processes. It also highlighted potential viral infection as one of the most significant environmental threats long before the current crisis. The pandemic situation and various governmental responses to it have brought some of these complexities to the fore of political management, making them even more visible to the sociological eye. I want to take the opportunity in this presentation/short essay to reflect on the environmental aspects of the current situation, and explore how various preventive and mitigation measures have made the nature of ageing in the environment more exposed. I will look specifically at the various forms of what can be called “pandemic ageism” concerning, for example, the meanings and nature of home, the role of public spaces, intergenerational relations and responsibility or personal autonomy as they are reflected in up-to-date pandemic ageing research.
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