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Reconstructing Social Policy and Ageing

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This article draws from the work of Michel Foucault to reconstruct an understanding of social policy and ageing in contemporary Britain. 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.
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  • Department of Social and Political Science, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, United Kingdom
  • Department of Behavioural Sciences and Social Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, United Kingdom
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