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Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect

Ageism, Risk, and the Rhetoric of Rights in the Mistreatment of Older People

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect

Ageism, Risk, and the Rhetoric of Rights in the Mistreatment of Older People

The mistreatment of diverse older people in varying ways is categorized in many societies as “elder abuse and neglect,” yet this concept has not been subjected to rigorous critical inquiry. Instead, it has most often represented the interests of professionals, academics, and governments, while policy makers and researchers frequently disregard the complexity of issues that fall under the designation. The first comprehensive, scholarly critique of the topic, Contesting Elder Abuse and Neglect is an important, much-needed contribution that encourages new thinking, policies, and action regarding the treatment of older people.

360 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Gerontology, Theorizing, and “Elder Abuse and Neglect”

2 “Elder Abuse and Neglect”: A Metahistorical Analysis

3 Struggles in Defining “Elder Abuse and Neglect”

4 The Emerging Global Context for “Elder Abuse and Neglect”

5 How Constructions of Older People Shape Their Relationships to “Elder Abuse and Neglect”

6 Adult Protection Legislation, the Rhetoric of Rights, and the “Right” to Protection

7 How Policies Control Practices

8 Reconstructing the Mistreatment of Older People through Research-Based Knowledge

9 Conclusion: Searching for a Strong Foundation on Which to Reconstruct the (Mis)Treatment of Older People

References

Index

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