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 scrutinises 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.
“We need to move from a neoliberal belief that older people are dependent, to an understanding that care is a human right that we must guarantee as a society. This book helps us move in this direction.” Marion Repetti, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland HES-SO Valais // Wallis
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.
2. Discourse, Capital, Intersectionality and Precarity
3. Globalisation, Neoliberalism and Welfare State Models: A Comparative Analysis
4. Failing Health and Social Care in the UK: Austerity, Neoliberal Ideology and Precarity
5. Public Health, Emergency Settings and End of Life Care
6. The COVID-19 Health and Social Care Challenge
7. Innovative Solutions and Cultural Change