1st Edition

Ageing, Diversity and Equality Social Justice Perspectives

Edited By Sue Westwood Copyright 2019
    394 Pages
    by Routledge

    394 Pages
    by Routledge

    Current understandings of ageing and diversity are impoverished in three main ways. Firstly, with regards to thinking about what inequalities operate in later life there has been an excessive preoccupation with economic resources. On the other hand, less attention has been paid to cultural norms and values, other resources, wider social processes, political participation and community engagement. Secondly, in terms of thinking about the ‘who’ of inequality, this has so far been limited to a very narrow range of minority populations. Finally, when considering the ‘how’ of inequality, social gerontology’s theoretical analyses remain under-developed. The overall effect of these issues is that social gerontology remains deeply embedded in normative assumptions which serve to exclude a wide range of older people.

    Ageing, Diversity and Equality aims to challenge and provoke the above described normativity and offer an alternative approach which highlights the heterogeneity and diversity of ageing, associated inequalities and their intersections.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781351851329, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 licence.


    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Sue Westwood


    Introduction to Part One Sue Westwood

    Chapter 2 Socio-economic inequalities in later life: the role of gender

    Athina Vlachantoni

    Chapter 3 Gender, (in)equality, and the body in later life

    Laura Hurd Clarke

    Chapter 4 Gender and the social imaginary of the fourth age.

    Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

    Chapter 5 Ageing without children, gender and social justice

    Robin Hadley

    Chapter 6 Trans/gender variant ageing and inequality

    Jenny-Anne Bishop and Sue Westwood


    Introduction to Part Two Sue Westwood

    Chapter 7 Older lesbians, ageing and equality

    Jane Traies

    Chapter 8 Gay men and ageing

    Mark Hughes and Peter Robinson

    Chapter 9 Bisexuality and ageing: Striving for social justice

    Sarah Jen

    Chapter 10 Heterosexual ageing: Interrogating the taken-for-granted norm

    Sue Westwood


    Introduction to Part Three Sue Westwood

    Chapter 11 Ethnicity, race and care in older age: what can a social justice framework offer?

    Sandra Torres

    Chapter 12 Migration, ageing and social inclusion

    Shereen Hussein

    Chapter 13 Older Migrants: Inequalities of ageing from a transnational perspective

    Alistair Hunter

    Chapter 14 Ageing, Religion and (in)equality

    Peter Kevern


    Introduction to Part Four Sue Westwood

    Chapter 15 Ageing with a physical disability and/or long-term health condition

    Sue Westwood and Nicola Carey

    Chapter 16 The intersectionality of intellectual disability and ageing

    Karen Watchman

    Chapter 17 Ageing with HIV

    Dana Rosenfeld, Damien Ridge and Jose Catalan

    Chapter 18 Older people and deficiencies in the formal care system: Equality and rights

    Jonathan Herring


    Introduction to Part Five Sue Westwood

    Chapter 19 Ageing and spatial equality

    Martin Hyde

    Chapter 20 Rural ageing and equality

    Vanessa Burholt, Paula Foscarini-Craggs and Bethan Winter

    Chapter 21 Ageing in the workplace

    Annette Cox

    Chapter 22 Ageing in prison

    Helen Codd



    Sue Westwood is a socio-legal and social gerontological scholar, working as a consultant academic and as Lecturer in Law, York Law School, University of York, UK.