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Title: Using Photographs to Understand the Experiences of Older People Migrating to and Living in a New South Wales Coastal Town
Contributor(s): McKenzie, Donald (author); Minichiello, Victor  (supervisor); Brooks, Margaret  (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2009
Copyright Date: 2008
Open Access: Yes
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/3156
Abstract: Purpose of Study: The purpose of the study is to explore the experiences of older people currently living in Coffs Harbour after migration from either inland or major urban centres of Australia. Participants, through the use of photographs, provide insights into their experiences of living in a community and of their personal and social life. The aim of this study is to reveal the potential and life experiences of older persons through their eyes. Design: A convenience sample of 18 participants, 10 men and 8 women, aged between 62 and 79 years were asked to photograph settings in their current environment that were of importance to them. The participants were then asked, via in-depth interviews, to explain the meaning and significance of the photographs. Method: Participants were provided with a digital camera and asked to photograph settings that were of significance to them. No restrictions were placed on the number of photographs that could be produced. All photographs were coded and categorized. In depth-interviews were then conducted to ascertain how participant interacted with his or her environment, and whether this interaction was associated with past and present activities, including their experience of moving to Coffs Harbour. Findings: The data reveals that participants mostly included photographs about their dwelling, followed by culture and beach. Females were more likely to include photographs of people and places for social gatherings. Males tended to include photographs associated with their particular interests or hobbies. Another important finding was that the participants wanted to review their lives and desired meaningful roles in their present community. They did not conform to present stereotypes of ageing. Participants were particularly concerned with maintaining their independence, pursuing physical and intellectual activities and taking steps to stay healthy.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Field of Research Codes: 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Rights Statement: Copyright 2008 - Donald McKenzie
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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