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Social Policy and Governance: Conceptual Reflections on Ageing in England

posted Dec 28, 2011, 9:38 AM by Sergiu Baltatescu   [ updated Jan 7, 2012, 1:10 PM ]

Jason L. Powell1 & Rebecca Steel2

Journal of Social Research & Policy
Volume: 2, Issue: 2
, pp. 
111-119
Date: December 2011
ISSN: 2067-2640 (print), 2068-9861 (electronic)

Abstract: This paper looks in more detail at the incidence and consequence of social policies for older people through the conceptual lens of governmentality (Foucault, 1977) in England. This international paper with focus on England will enable us to consider the implications of the re-figuring of the relationship between the state, older people and helping professions. In many ways, policy provides three trajectories for older people: first, as independent self-managing consumers with private means and resources; second, as people in need of some support to enable them to continue to self-manage; and third, as dependent and unable to commit to self-management. Governmentality provides the theoretical framework through which to view policy and practice that is largely governed by discourses of personalisation, safeguarding, capability and risk for older people in England.

Keywords: Governance, Power, Welfare, Social Policy.

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Sergiu Baltatescu,
Jan 7, 2012, 1:07 PM