'It's My Roots': Identity and Place as Sites of Resistance
Places can be important sites of human meaning. For elderly long term residents place is often associated with a sense of 'home'. For the rural elderly, a strong rural ideology, personal and community histories and the role of stories and events associated with place all contribute to identities that are intimately linked with geographical place. This paper explores the responses of eight older rural New Brunswick women to the changing context in which they live. Although they view most of the changes to their communities in negative terms, as well as the changes they are experiencing due to their own aging process, the women are sustained by a strong rural ideology, their insider status, and a fierce sense of attachment to the places they call home.
Keywords: Rural, Rural Ideology, Place, Home, Identity, Insideness
Jane Elizabeth Oliver