Daly, M and Westwood, S (2018) Asset-based approaches, older people and social care: an analysis and critique. Ageing and Society, 38 (6). pp. 1087-1099. ISSN 1469-1779

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Asset-based thinking is increasingly prevalent in health policy and is to be found also in discourses on social care. This article explores and critiques the applicability of asset-based approaches to social care for older people, using Carol Bacchi’s analytical framework to consider developments in the UK especially. The problem construction, assumptions and suggested solutions underpinning an asset-based approach are considered in turn. The paper draws two major conclusions. The first is that, while it has potential application to the field, the key assumptions and objectives of the asset-based approach do not hold well for social care and therefore adopting the approach carries risks. The paper concludes, secondly, that an asset-based approach is ‘over-promised’ in the sense of being insufficiently theorised and lacking empirical evidence. A number of suggestions are made for greater critical interrogation, improved empirical evidence and closer scrutiny of the policy ‘solutions’ associated with assets-related thinking.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © Cambridge University Press; This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Cambridge University Press at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x17000071 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: asset-based approaches to health, social care, older people, social policy, gender and social care.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 11:57
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 10:57
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/2738

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