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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Old age identity in social welfare practice
Author(s): Wilinska, Monika
Henning, Cecilia
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Keywords: identity
nexus analysis
old age
social welfare
Issue Date: Sep-2011
Date Deposited: 1-Nov-2013
Citation: Wilinska M & Henning C (2011) Old age identity in social welfare practice. Qualitative Social Work, 10 (3), pp. 346-363.
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to examine the process of old age identity construction within a setting of social welfare work with old people. We sought to identify social welfare practices that construct and enforce certain old age identities. The empirical material analysed in this article is part of a study of a non-governmental organization in Poland. The method of analysis was inspired by nexus analysis, which analyses social actions through a historical and ethnographic perspective. The analysis focused on practices that produced, sustained and promoted particular old age identity. The results of this study show a complex process in which welfare professionals create the identities of preferred clients. The study shows that social welfare practice is often oriented toward imagined client identities that have little to do with real people.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1473325011409477
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