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Making it real or sustaining a fantasy? Personal budgets for older people

Making it real or sustaining a fantasy? Personal budgets for older people PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the current policy of extending personal budgets to older people.Design/methodology/approachIn developing this explanation, the paper draws upon a species of de-centred, post-foundationalist theory which draws attention to the way in which certain narratives can sustain a longing for the implementation of policies that are ultimately unachievable. The paper also draws upon original data from an evaluation of a national ageing charity’s project to increase take-up of personal budgets.FindingsThe paper draws attention to, and seeks to explain, the paradoxical discursive positioning of older adults as “the unexceptional exception” within the general narrative of universal personalisation.Research limitations/implicationsThis analytical approach can secure a different vantage point in this debate by paying closer attention to the ideological and ethical dimensions of personalisation than has been the case until now.Practical implicationsThe paper contributes to the critical interrogation of the personalisation agenda, in which debate (both in academic and practitioner circles) has become highly polarised.Social implicationsThe paper contributes to discussions in critical social gerontology which point to a bifurcation of later life into, on the one hand, an ageless third age and a frailed fourth age, on the other.Originality/valueThe paper makes clear that the discursive positioning of older people as “the unexceptional exception” risks an inadvertent ageism. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy Emerald Publishing

Making it real or sustaining a fantasy? Personal budgets for older people

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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0144-333X
DOI
10.1108/IJSSP-05-2016-0053
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Abstract

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to examine the current policy of extending personal budgets to older people.Design/methodology/approachIn developing this explanation, the paper draws upon a species of de-centred, post-foundationalist theory which draws attention to the way in which certain narratives can sustain a longing for the implementation of policies that are ultimately unachievable. The paper also draws upon original data from an evaluation of a national ageing charity’s project to increase take-up of personal budgets.FindingsThe paper draws attention to, and seeks to explain, the paradoxical discursive positioning of older adults as “the unexceptional exception” within the general narrative of universal personalisation.Research limitations/implicationsThis analytical approach can secure a different vantage point in this debate by paying closer attention to the ideological and ethical dimensions of personalisation than has been the case until now.Practical implicationsThe paper contributes to the critical interrogation of the personalisation agenda, in which debate (both in academic and practitioner circles) has become highly polarised.Social implicationsThe paper contributes to discussions in critical social gerontology which point to a bifurcation of later life into, on the one hand, an ageless third age and a frailed fourth age, on the other.Originality/valueThe paper makes clear that the discursive positioning of older people as “the unexceptional exception” risks an inadvertent ageism.

Journal

International Journal of Sociology and Social PolicyEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 10, 2017

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