Westwood, S (2013) Researching older lesbians: problems and partial solutions. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 17 (3-4). 380 - 392. ISSN 1540-3548

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Abstract

There is a lack of research about older lesbians, who can be considered not only a "hidden population" but also a population in hiding. Yet older lesbians hold vital historical and cultural narratives that are, in turn, the heritage of younger lesbians. They also have much to contribute to understandings about gender, sexuality and aging, and to their currently unmet needs in terms of age-related housing, health, and social care provision. This article reflects on some of the issues that make it difficult to access older lesbians for research purposes. It identifies four problematic areas in researching older lesbians: definitions, access, representative sampling, and ethical issues. It suggests that participative action research might offer a means of widening access and engaging with older lesbians in a more collaborative way.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Feminism, Homosexuality, Female, Humans, Prejudice, Research, Social Support
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1050 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ75 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 09:26
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 15:03
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3123

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