Contested homes in the age of the cloud: the changing socio-spatial dynamics of family living and care for older people in the 21st century

Abdelmonem, M.G. ORCID: 0000-0002-8271-0924, 2021. Contested homes in the age of the cloud: the changing socio-spatial dynamics of family living and care for older people in the 21st century. In: A. Argandoña, J. Malala and R.C. Peatfield, eds., The home in the digital age. Routledge Advances in Sociology . London: Routledge (Taylor and Francis), pp. 56-80. ISBN 9780367530174

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Over the past two decades two fundamental changes have occurred, affecting the identity, meaning, practice and experience of the home: the changing demographics of our societies with substantial increase of ageing population; and the encroachment of technologies in the way home functions on daily basis. Between 16th March and 1st June 2020, the United Kingdom was subject to a Nation-wide lockdown as a preventive measure to limit the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact. Older people were told not contact non-resident siblings, locked into the confines of their homes and self-isolated from social contacts for 10 weeks in an instant and ultimate test to the remote operational capacity of homes, information and assistive technologies and e-infrastructures of the domestic space. Data-driven systems of work and care maintained an uninterrupted flow of information, personal data and communications from the home to both workplaces and care-givers. Barriers fallen; new links established. This paper investigates the intersection of those two fundamental phenomenological changes of contemporary homes. It analyses the increasing role of technologies in the care of old people and its impact on changing social-spatial patterns and family interaction as an effective alternative to the conventional means of engagement through two European research projects that looked at assistive technologies for Older people between 2010-2020, prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, that offer good insights on the readiness of European Societies to help and support older people living independently at home.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Abdelmonem, M.G.
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
Place of Publication: London
Date: 2021
ISBN: 9780367530174
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 24 Jan 2022 14:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 03:00

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