Later Life, Gender and Ethnicity: Changing Theory for Social Policy Research Wilson, Gail en_US 2021-11-25T12:34:25Z 2021-11-25T12:34:25Z 1998 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper considers how developments in theories of gender and ethnicity might contribute to policy research on aspects of ageing and later life. It argues that existing research on these topics relies too much on chronological age as the key descriptor for 'old' people, and thus provides an inadequate knowledge base for emancipatory policy, practice and theory building. The paper examines the range of discourses commonly brought to discussion of ageing and later life, which tend often to disempower or render invisible certain groups, including older women and older people of other cultures. It also explores the ways in which older men and women resist these exercises of power over them by refusing to conform to stereotypes of behaviour or identity. This leads to potential conflicts between notions of universal rights and the need to take account of diversity and difference - a dilemma which might be resolved by developing an approach based on capabilities. The paper concludes by arguing that research on older people needs to be more eclectic in its use of social theory, drawing on developments in other branches of social science, and it calls for greater effective participation in such research by older people from all walks of life. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733416861 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Later Life, Gender and Ethnicity: Changing Theory for Social Policy Research en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 94 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Wilson, Gail, Department of Social Policy and Administration, London School of Economics en_US
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