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Ageing, technologies of self and bio‐medicine: a Foucauldian excursion

Jason L. Powell (Lecturer in Sociology, University of Liverpool, UK)
Simon Biggs (Professor of Social Gerontology, University of Keele, UK)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

This paper unravels the conceptual and theoretical insights of Foucault’s later work on technologies of self in order to understand Bio‐medicine which impinges on the social construction of ageing. The article attempts to show how Foucault’s theoretical insights allows scholars of sociology and social policy to provide a critical appraisal of ageing. The paper also examines the relationship between ageing and self‐care in three contextual domains: good health management; use of counselling; and bodily enhancement.

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Powell, J.L. and Biggs, S. (2004), "Ageing, technologies of self and bio‐medicine: a Foucauldian excursion", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 24 No. 6, pp. 17-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/01443330410790696

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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