Theorizing Gerontology: The Case of Old Age, Professional Power, and Social Policy in the United Kingdom

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612188
Title:
Theorizing Gerontology: The Case of Old Age, Professional Power, and Social Policy in the United Kingdom
Authors:
Powell, Jason
Abstract:
This article examines the interrelationship between old age, professional power, and social policy. In particular, dominant theoretical models in social gerontology are reviewed and an alternative framework for understanding social gerontological issues—Foucauldian gerontology—is advanced. Foucauldian narratives are employed to delineate the historical relationship between professional social work and recent social policy for older people in the United Kingdom. In addition, a Foucauldian framework employed to examine identity formation, professional practices, and policy narratives enriches and widens the disciplinary subject matter of theorizing aging studies. The structure of this article is in three parts: review of theories of aging with an introduction of Foucault's potential contribution to gerontological analysis, the historical overview of the instigation of professional intervention in modernity and the changing roles and responsibilities in relation to older people utilizing Foucault's (1977) genealogical method, and the exploration and application of Foucault's key notion of governmentality (1977; Rose & Miller, 1992) in the analysis of social policy for older people.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Powell, J. L. (2001). Theorizing gerontology: The case of old age, professional power and social policy in the United Kingdom. Journal of Aging and Identity, 6(3), 117-135
Publisher:
Springer Verlag
Journal:
Journal of Aging and Identity
Publication Date:
20-Sep-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/612188
DOI:
10.1023/A:1011308231981
Additional Links:
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1011308231981
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1087-3732
EISSN:
1573-3491
Appears in Collections:
Social and Political Science

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dc.contributor.authorPowell, Jasonen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-08T08:02:21Zen
dc.date.available2016-06-08T08:02:21Zen
dc.date.issued2001-09-20en
dc.identifier.citationPowell, J. L. (2001). Theorizing gerontology: The case of old age, professional power and social policy in the United Kingdom. Journal of Aging and Identity, 6(3), 117-135en
dc.identifier.issn1087-3732en
dc.identifier.doi10.1023/A:1011308231981en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/612188en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the interrelationship between old age, professional power, and social policy. In particular, dominant theoretical models in social gerontology are reviewed and an alternative framework for understanding social gerontological issues—Foucauldian gerontology—is advanced. Foucauldian narratives are employed to delineate the historical relationship between professional social work and recent social policy for older people in the United Kingdom. In addition, a Foucauldian framework employed to examine identity formation, professional practices, and policy narratives enriches and widens the disciplinary subject matter of theorizing aging studies. The structure of this article is in three parts: review of theories of aging with an introduction of Foucault's potential contribution to gerontological analysis, the historical overview of the instigation of professional intervention in modernity and the changing roles and responsibilities in relation to older people utilizing Foucault's (1977) genealogical method, and the exploration and application of Foucault's key notion of governmentality (1977; Rose & Miller, 1992) in the analysis of social policy for older people.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSpringer Verlagen
dc.relation.urlhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1023%2FA%3A1011308231981en
dc.subjectOld Ageen
dc.subjectProfessional Poweren
dc.titleTheorizing Gerontology: The Case of Old Age, Professional Power, and Social Policy in the United Kingdomen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn1573-3491en
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Aging and Identityen
dc.date.accepted2001-04-16en
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