This book is production of two projects which are funded by “AGE-Arctic” Nordic Council of Ministers and by the “AGE-Immigrant” funded by the Academy of Finland, (Decision number 348669) which review ageing, gender, and ethnicity through the lens of equality and social justice and to establish age-friendly environment.

The book demonstrates how the largely neglected and multifaceted concept of distance can be used as a primary lens to expand and enrich our understandings of what older people say about their lives, needs and wishes in diverse surroundings in the Northern periphery and beyond. It asks how physical, social and emotional distances shape older people’s everyday lives and practices. Contributions from leading experts provides interdisciplinary investigations into the experiences and stories of older people in the Northern periphery. These insights demonstrate the utility of the concept, distance, when reflecting on the central aspects of contemporary ageing societies. The book explores key themes such as care, age politics, technology, intergenerational relations and migration, providing perspectives that are applicable across a variety of international geographical contexts.

This book offers a valuable theoretical and methodological contribution with critical new perspectives on ageing in relation to distances. It will be of interest to students and scholars interested in sociology, human geography, health and social care, ageing and gerontological studies, gender studies and Arctic studies.

The book involves eleven chapters by scholars from the University of Lapland include Professor Päivi Naskali (emerita), Dr. Shahnaj Begum, Dr. Eeva Rossi; from University of Helsinki include prof.Virpi Timonen  and an Associate Professor Minna Zechner; from University of Jyväskylä, Prof. Heli Valokivi; from University of Oulu, Dr. Anastasia Emelyanova. In addition, the authors include established Arctic scholars Prof. Eva-Maria Svensson from the University of Gothenburg,  Sweden; Dr. Mona Kiil from UiT The Arctic University of Norway; Prof. Elena Golubeva from Northern Arctic Federal University/(Arkhangelsk) Russia; Prof .Eydis Sveinbjarnardottir from the University of Iceland, Associate Professor Sigrun Sigurdardottir  and Adjunct Arnrún  Arnórsdóttir from the University of Akureyri,  Iceland;  Adjunct Professor Joan  Harbison  and  Associate Professor Liesl Gambold from the Dalhousie University Canada.

The Book on Routledge's website

Further information:

Project Lead: Dr. Shahnaj Begum
Unit of Gender Studies
Faculty of Education
+358(0) 404844122/(0)504635987


Lead: Professor Päivi Naskali
Unit of Gender Studies Faculty of Education
+358 (0) 404 844 127,