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Authors: Jason L. Powell (Associate Dean of Faculty, Coventry University, UK) 
Book Description:
This new book focuses on five themes that link to a compelling argument in the study of aging and social policy. Firstly, there is a policy context of neo-liberal social policy and implications for older people which is presented, as well as the idea that social construction of aging focuses on ‘aging body’ and its discursive construction by medical and cultural representations. Additional topics discussed include the history of the present develops ideas and discourses of social welfare and aging; surveillance, power/knowledge and policing of subjects focused on care management and dystopian features of ‘care’ with related issues of ‘elder abuse’ and ‘institutional abuse’. Reconstructing aging looks at rethinking power relations and technologies of self in how subjects of knowledge can ‘resist’ medical discourses and professional power. (Imprint: Nova Press)

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Table of Contents:
Preface pp. i-xix

Chapter one: Policy Discourse and the NHS and Community Care Act (1990): A Critical Review pp.1-12

Chapter two: Social Theory and the Aging Body: The Importance of Theory pp.13-24

Chapter three: Aging and Social Theory: A Sociological Reflection pp.25-38

Chapter four: Archaeology and Genealogy: Developments in Foucauldian Gerontology pp.39-50

Chapter five: Foucault, Power and Social Work pp.51-74

Chapter six: The Changing History of Social Work with Older People: A Foucauldian Excursion pp.75-92

Chapter seven: Governmentality and Aging pp.93-106

Chapter eight: How is Old Age Managed? The Disciplinary Web of Power, Surveillance and Normalization pp.107-122

Chapter nine: Surveillance and Aging: the Power of Community Care pp.123-140

Chapter ten: Technologies of Self and Aging pp.141-154

Conclusion pp.155-158

Index pp.159-169

      Social Perspectives of Aging (Series Editor: Jason L. Powell, Associate Dean of Faculty, Coventry University, UK)
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011
   Pages: 188
   ISBN: 978-1-61209-838-8
   Status: AV
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