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Bonds, bridges and ties: applying social capital theory to LGBT people’s housing concerns later in life

Andrew King (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)
Ann Cronin (Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 14 March 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to debates about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) housing later in life by placing these in a theoretical context: social capital theory (SCT).

Design/methodology/approach

After a discussion of SCT, emanating from the works of Robert Putnam and Pierre Bourdieu, the paper draws on existing studies of LGBT housing later in life, identifying key concerns that are identified by this body of literature.

Findings

The paper then applies SCT to the themes drawn from the LGBT housing later in life literature to illustrate the usefulness of putting these in such a theoretical context.

Originality/value

Hence, overall, the paper fills an important gap in how the authors think about LGBT housing later in life; as something that is framed by issues of social networks and connections and the benefits, or otherwise, that accrue from them.

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Citation

King, A. and Cronin, A. (2016), "Bonds, bridges and ties: applying social capital theory to LGBT people’s housing concerns later in life", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 16-25. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-05-2015-0023

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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