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The social construction of violence in old age

Josef Hörl (Institute for Sociology, Vienna University, Austria)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 1 March 2007



Varying definitions and conceptualisations of violence in old age exist within and between the scientific community, medical and social work professionals, family carers and the elderly persons themselves. In this paper it is argued ‐ and illustrated by examples ‐ that each of the different actors or observers in this field construct their own social reality and hold selective perceptions of what is meant by violence in general, or elder abuse in particular.



Hörl, J. (2007), "The social construction of violence in old age", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 33-38.



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