Neoliberal political discourses have normalised the belief in northern European countries that individuals are responsible for their health and wellbeing, regardless of social class, gender or ethnic background.
Drawing on examples from Germany, Sweden and the UK, Simmonds critically examines how the neoliberalisation and marketisation of health and social care have created an adverse environment for older people, who lack social and cultural capital to access the care they need. This crucial analysis scrutinizes provision for ageing populations on an individual, national and global level.
Challenging current political and social policy approaches, this rigorous text discusses innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in a complex care system.
Bethany Simmonds is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth and has research expertise in health, wellbeing and ageing; intersecting with gendered, classed, ethnic and ‘dis’abled identities.
Theory Chapter: Ageing Discourse, Capital, Intersectionality and Precarity
Globalisation, Neoliberalism and Welfare State Models: A Comparative Analysis
Failing Health and Social Care in the UK: Austerity, Neoliberal Ideology and Precarity
Public Health and Emergency Settings: Information and Health Choice in Later Life
Getting Stuck in the Hospital and End of Life Care: Advocating for Vulnerable and Dying People
Challenged and Solutions: Health and Social Care in a COVID-19, Brexit nexus
Innovative Solutions and Cultural Change