INCG Blog Post: A photo-novel to explore social participation at the intersection of aging and disability – by Emilie Raymond

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Read the latest blog post from the International Network for Critical Gerontology.

The concept of social participation has become central in aging policy since the 2000s, framing a new trajectory for older people in terms of activity and social involvement. While we could consider such discourse as positive, positioning older people as social actors contributing to collective wealth, it also creates norms and expectations around the nature and level of participation that is to be achieved. On this participatory path, people aging with disabilities can be excluded, both because they do not meet health standards associated with “active” older people and because participatory settings are not adapted to their desires and needs. 

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*NOTE: These images were produced as part of Emilie’s project.*