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Fair shares for all: The challenge of demographic change

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rose Gilroy



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Policy Press, 2016.

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This chapter focuses on older people’s experience of social injustice, discussed here as oppression. We begin with a discussion of how ‘old age’ as a social category is being reconstructed before turning to consider the utility of oppression as a lens to explore the experiences of older people. Using the framework developed by Young (1990) this chapter considers the operation of exploitation, marginalisation, violence, powerlessness and cultural imperialism, drawing on national and local sources of evidence but more significantly on the narratives of older people living mainly in Newcastle. The discussion concludes by considering the work of Newcastle City Council and its partners in striving to make a reality of their age-friendly city commitment. To what extent do these partnership programmes create transformation or the possibility of transformative action?

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gilroy R, Brooks L

Editor(s): Davoudi, S; Bell, D

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Justice and Fairness in the City: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to 'Ordinary' Cities

Year: 2016

Pages: 213-230

Print publication date: 27/04/2016

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Policy Press

Place Published: Bristol


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ISBN: 9781447318392