Older Adults and Representations of Lived Time-space: The Role of Technologies

Authors: Ondrej Mulicek*, Masaryk University, Zdenek Stachon*, Masaryk University
Topics: Social Geography, Urban Geography, Cyberinfrastructure
Keywords: older adults, representation, technology, lived time-space
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Astor Ballroom I, Astor, 2nd Floor
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Technologies, in their various forms, mediate the encounters between individuals and the lived time-space. Mobile phones, GNSS devices and advanced transport technologies dramatically change the ways in which space and time are conceptualised, represented and embedded in the societal practices. The paper aims to go beyond the grand narratives of emerging techno-society; it explores spatiotemporal practices of elderly people that are not the mainstream group of technologies users on the case study from the city of Brno, Czech Republic. A particular attention is paid to the role of digital and telecommunication technologies in negotiating and representing the spaces of routine everyday movements. The research questions can be thus formulated as follow: What types of technologies do older adults use? What is their function within the daily or weekly spatial routine (travelling to shop, to the family or to the doctor, walking, etc.) taking place in more or less known urban environment? What kinds of spatial representations are produced by different modes of usage? The emphasis is put more on the micro-scale of the mundane mobility. Employing the qualitative research methods, we aim to give the examples of the mobility tactics co-mediated by (digital) technologies as well as to document their role in the individual representation of the lived time-space.

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