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

A Foucauldian Analysis of Old Age and the Power of Social Welfare 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.” http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Aging & Social Policy Taylor & Francis

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

Journal Of Aging & Social Policy , Volume 12 (2): 20 – Mar 19, 2001

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

Journal Of Aging & Social Policy , Volume 12 (2): 20 – Mar 19, 2001

Abstract

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.”

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
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1545-0821
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0895-9420
DOI
10.1300/J031v12n02_06
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Abstract

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.”

Journal

Journal Of Aging & Social PolicyTaylor & Francis

Published: Mar 19, 2001

Keywords: Aging; Foucault; helping professions; identity; social welfare; bioethics

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