Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-1996

Abstract

Through case studies of two neighborhoods in Singapore with large concentrations of elderly residents-Tiong Bahru and Chinatown-we explore the relationship between the aged's emotional attachments to place and the sustenance of their personal identities, their continued participation in life, and their adaptation to changing circumstances. In particular, we examine their feelings of physical, social, and autobiographical insideness. We emphasize the rapidly changing physical conditions in Chinatown wrought by the government's conservation strategy and their implications for the elderly. In Tiong Bahru young people are moving to newer housing developments, leaving the aged behind in an essentially little-changed physical environment; we discuss the elderly's sense of identity in this context.

Keywords

elderly, identity, place experience, Singapore

Discipline

Asian Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | Human Geography

Research Areas

Humanities

Publication

Geographical Review

Volume

86

Issue

4

First Page

529

Last Page

549

ISSN

0016-7428

Identifier

10.2307/215931

Publisher

American Geographical Society

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://doi.org/10.2307/215931

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