Postmodern Health, Care and Aging


Jason L. Powell – The University of Chester, UK

Series: Social Perspectives in the 21st Century
BISAC: SOC013000; SOC025000; SOC026000
DOI: 10.52305/FLMD5874

This book analyses contemporary healthcare and aging developments in the western world through a conceptual lens that is moderated by innovative postmodern tools and differential theories. In the current socio-economic climate in the UK, for example, health and social care are at a crossroads with implications for how service users needs are being met or not, how assessment encroaches on power and surveillance and the extent to which service users ‘voice’ is being translated into the health and social care policy and practices. This book is one of the first to develop new perspectives deriving from postmodernism in the application of health and social care policy, theory and practice. The book draws heavily on novel insights from social gerontology as it is older people predominantly who access health and care services; adding a postmodern perspective to understanding health and care.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction – Health, Care and Aging

Chapter 2. Foucault: The Relevance to Health and Social Care

Chapter 3. A Foucaualdian Analysis of Health and Social Care

Chapter 4. Surveillance and Health and Social Care

Chapter 5. Governmentality and Health and Social Care

Chapter 6. Performativity and Health and Social Care

Chapter 7. Power and Health and Social Care

Chapter 8. Narrative, Health, Care and Family

Chapter 9. Health and Care in the “Risk Society”

Chapter 10. Towards Global Health?



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