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The ‘Stayers’: Dynamics of Lifelong Sedentary Behaviour in an Urban Context
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Population Studies (CPS). Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography. (Ageing and Living Conditions (ALC))
2014 (English)In: Population, Space and Place, ISSN 1544-8452, E-ISSN 1544-8452, Vol. 20, no 6, 569-580 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migration has, over the years, attracted infinitely more attention than non-migration or staying. In this paper, the focus is set on those individuals who have demonstrated lifelong sedentary behaviour. The aim of the study is to scrutinise the ways in which people who have lived their entire life in the same place make sense of their sedentary, or immobile, lifestyle. The study builds upon semi-structured interviews, conducted in 2011–2012, with persons aged 60 years and older who were living in an urban area in northern Sweden. Initially, the different definitions of staying are highlighted by the informants, and the flexibility of the concept is addressed. The findings indicate that even though reasons for staying might be harder to articulate than reasons for migration, the explanations given are still complex and multi-layered. The findings also suggest that the decision to stay is not a choice made once and then never renegotiated but rather a decision made over and over again. Furthermore, the significance of intertwined lives, both with living relatives and with preceding and following generations, is analysed. Finally, the results from the study challenge earlier pictures of stayers – where they were portrayed as stigmatised – and highlight the need to consider staying, as well as moving, as a conscious choice in order that we may gain a better understanding of the dynamics of staying.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 20, no 6, 569-580 p.
Keyword [en]
staying, immobility, sedentarism, ageing, Sweden, qualitative
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Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-74439DOI: 10.1002/psp.1796ISI: 000340249100006OAI: diva2:633973
Available from: 2013-06-28 Created: 2013-06-28 Last updated: 2014-12-22Bibliographically approved

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