Invisible women : critical perspectives on social work and gender in later life

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish; Cocker, Christine and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish, eds. (2022) Invisible women : critical perspectives on social work and gender in later life. In: Rethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, pp. 207-228. ISBN 9783030942410 (

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This chapter examines the literature on gender and ageing through the lens of critical feminist gerontology. This draws on multidimensional concepts comprising power, economic, social, and symbolic relations operating simultaneously at intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and societal levels. Applying an intersectional lens and feminist perspective to social work practice with women in later life requires us to move beyond gender as one way of explaining differences towards ensuring advocacy and empowerment to address inequalities and shape supportive social work interactions. This should provide a nuanced understanding of the specific challenges faced by women in later life and help social workers improve support through purposive gender responsive and age sensitive practice.


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