Albert Sabater. Socio-Spatial Dynamics between Younger and Older Adults in Contemporary Societies - Descripción
Is residential age segregation natural, inevitable or unproblematic? Age is arguably an influential demographic characteristic on the evolution of residential geographies, and yet it is largely over-looked in most studies of residential segregation. The aim of this presentation is twofold. First, I will provide evidence from the UK context of the age-specificity of residential segregation, showing that residential locales are becoming less mixed as demonstrated by an increasing trend in the age differentiation of places over time. While this trend has traditionally been associated with rural areas, I will show that the most rapid increases are now found in urban areas. In the second part, I will provide an overview of the long-term processes involved and will emphasise the relevance of socio-spatial dynamics between younger and older adults in contemporary societies. In what follows, I will argue that spatial (or residential) segregation by age should be of social and political concern in post-industrial, ageing societies, not least because like other forms of segregation, the spatial separation by age can hinder essential opportunities for older and younger individuals to meet and interact whilst reinforcing a dichotomy between ‘us’ and ‘them’ that increases competition between age groups for limited public resources to support the interests, agendas, services, and institutions that best meet age-specific needs.
Albert Sabater. Socio-Spatial Dynamics between Younger and Older Adults in Contemporary Societies - Biografía
Albert Sabater is Research Fellow in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development and ESRC Centre for Population Change. His research integrates theory and methods from sociology, geography and population studies to provide demographic understandings of changes in social-spatial differentiation of ethnic/race and age/cohort groups. His work has been frequently cited in government reports and media outlets and he is recognised as a leading academic on the issues of ethnicity and segregation as evidenced, for example, in the recent McGergor-Smith Review on Race in the Workplace (2017), the government review on Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility by the Social Mobility Commission (2016), and the report on Healing a Divided Britain by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2016). He is currently engaged in projects to further understand the dynamics of ‘generational’ segregation and ethnic segregation over the life course. A distinctive feature of his research and collaborations is a focus on investigating inequalities in relation to demographic and socio-spatial outcomes.