December Book Discussion: Amanda Grenier’s Late-Life Homelessness

The Association of Aging, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE) is hosting a discussion of Amanda Grenier’s Late-Life Homelessness: Experiences of Disadvantage and Unequal Aging (McGill-Queens University Press, 2022) on Friday, December 8, 12-1pm (Eastern, North America).

About the book: Around the world and across a range of contexts, homelessness among older people is on the rise. In spite of growing media attention and new academic research on the issue, older people often remain unrecognized as a subpopulation in public policy, programs, and homeless strategies. As such, they occupy a paradoxical position of being hypervisible while remaining overlooked. Late-Life Homelessness is the first Canadian book to address this often- neglected issue. Basing her analysis on a four-year ethnographic study of late-life homelessness in Montreal, Canada, Amanda Grenier uses a critical gerontological perspective to explore life at the intersection of aging and homelessness. She draws attention to disadvantage over time and how the condition of being unhoused disrupts a person’s ability to age in place, resulting in experiences of unequal aging. Weaving together findings from policy documents, stakeholder insights, and observations and interviews with older people, this book demonstrates how structures, organizational practices, and relationships related to homelessness and aging come to shape late life. Situated in the context of an aging population, rising inequality, and declining social commitments, Late-Life Homelessness stresses the moral imperative of responding justly to the needs of older people as a means of mitigating the unequal aging of unhoused elders.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cati Coe for access to the reading and the Zoom link.

Future book discussions:

January 12:      Diete Humblet (Vrije Universiteit, Brussels), The Older Prisoner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)

February 9:      Alana Lee Glaser (St. John’s University), Solidarity and Care: Domestic Worker Activism in New York City (Temple University Press, 2023)

March 1:          Dena Shenk and Andrea Freidus (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Voices of Long-Term Care Workers: Elder Care in the Time of Covid-19 and Beyond. (Berghahn, 2024)



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