Table of Contents

Policy discourse and the NHS and Community Care Act (1990): a critical review.
Social theory and the aging body: the importance of theory.
Aging and social theory: a sociological reflection.
Archaeology and genealogy: developments in Foucauldian gerontology.
Foucault, power and social work.
The changing history of social work with older people: a Foucauldian excursion.
Governmentality and aging.
How is old age managed? The disciplinary web of power, surveillance and normalization.
Surveillance and aging: the power of community care.
Technologies of self and aging. "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."--Pub. desc.