Diversity and inclusion in local governance: an Australian study of seniors' participation

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Petriwskyj, Andrea, Warburton, Jeni, Everingham, Jo-Anne and Cuthill, Michael. 2012. "Diversity and inclusion in local governance: an Australian study of seniors' participation." Journal of Aging Studies. 26 (2), pp. 182-191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.003
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Diversity and inclusion in local governance: an Australian study of seniors' participation

ERA Journal ID16299
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsPetriwskyj, Andrea (Author), Warburton, Jeni (Author), Everingham, Jo-Anne (Author) and Cuthill, Michael (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Aging Studies
Journal Citation26 (2), pp. 182-191
Number of Pages10
Year2012
Place of PublicationKidlington, OX. United Kingdom
ISSN0890-4065
1879-193X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2011.12.003
Web Address (URL)http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890406511000910
Abstract

The importance of hearing older people's voices within local governance processes is well recognised; however, the increasing diversity among older people makes this complex. Questions around inclusion and exclusion, representation and representativeness create challenges for the ways in which diverse older people are engaged. This paper uses the results from a qualitative study conducted in Australia to address the key research question: how does diversity impact on older people's perceptions and experiences of barriers to participation in local governance? Results indicate that diversity impacts not simply on what barriers are reported by seniors, but on how those barriers are experienced. Patterns among the barriers reported
and their relationship with diversity reflect questions around representation and inclusion. Thus despite broad acceptance of the notion that understanding diversity is integral to inclusion, challenges remain for older people's engagement with local governance processes. A deeper
understanding of diversity and how it relates to inclusion are required.

Keywordsseniors; older people; diversity; Australia; inclusion; participation; local governance
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020441006. Sociological methodology and research methods
440799. Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
441016. Urban sociology and community studies
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La Trobe University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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