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Ageing, Diversity and Equality: Social Justice Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited by Sue Westwood


376 pages

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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, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 licence.

Table of Contents

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


About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General