A Foucauldian analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfare

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612165
Title:
A Foucauldian analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfare
Authors:
Biggs, Simon; Powell, Jason
Abstract:
It is argued that the question of social welfare is a key, if often overlooked, component in the construction of power relations and identities in later life that can take its place next to debates on bioethics and consumer lifestyle. Foucault's (1977) claim, that identities are kept in place through the deployment of integrated systems of power and knowledge and a routine operation of surveillance and assessment, is critically examined in this context. Trends in social welfare in the United Kingdom are used as a case example that sheds light on wider contemporary issues associated with old age. Finally, implications for the creation of particular narratives about later life are discussed and grounded through Foucault's (1988) notion of "technologies of self."
Affiliation:
Melbourne University; University of Chester
Citation:
Biggs, S., & Powell, J. L. (2001). A Foucauldian analysis of old age and the power of social welfare. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 12(2), 93-111
Publisher:
Haworth Press
Journal:
Journal of Aging and Social Policy
Publication Date:
1-Jun-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612165
DOI:
10.1300/J031v12n02_06
Additional Links:
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J031v12n02_06
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0895-9420
EISSN:
1545-0821
Appears in Collections:
Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorBiggs, Simonen
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Jasonen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-08T08:34:10Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-08T08:34:10Zen
dc.date.issued2001-06-01en
dc.identifier.citationBiggs, S., & Powell, J. L. (2001). A Foucauldian analysis of old age and the power of social welfare. Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 12(2), 93-111en
dc.identifier.issn0895-9420en
dc.identifier.doi10.1300/J031v12n02_06en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/612165en
dc.description.abstractIt is argued that the question of social welfare is a key, if often overlooked, component in the construction of power relations and identities in later life that can take its place next to debates on bioethics and consumer lifestyle. Foucault's (1977) claim, that identities are kept in place through the deployment of integrated systems of power and knowledge and a routine operation of surveillance and assessment, is critically examined in this context. Trends in social welfare in the United Kingdom are used as a case example that sheds light on wider contemporary issues associated with old age. Finally, implications for the creation of particular narratives about later life are discussed and grounded through Foucault's (1988) notion of "technologies of self."en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHaworth Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J031v12n02_06en
dc.subjectPoweren
dc.subjectWelfareen
dc.titleA Foucauldian analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfareen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1545-0821en
dc.contributor.departmentMelbourne University; University of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Aging and Social Policyen
dc.date.accepted2001-02-02en
or.grant.openaccessYesen
rioxxterms.funderunfundeden
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden
rioxxterms.versionNAen
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