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Same difference? Older people's organisations and disability issues

Priestley, M. and Rabiee, P. (2002) Same difference? Older people's organisations and disability issues. Disability & Society, 17 (6). pp. 597-611. ISSN 0968-7599

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This paper addresses some important areas of commonality in the political interests of older and disabled people. The paper reports findings from survey and interview research with local organisations representing older people, and their engagement with disability issues. We begin by reviewing similarities in the claims and mobilisation of older and disabled people, and by reviewing the groups that participated in the study. The main part of the paper identifies substantive policy issues that were perceived as important to older people. Here, there are considerable areas of overlap with the claims of disabled people's organisations (for example, in relation to information, independent living, accessible housing, transport, social support, and incomes). We review these commonalities and offer some thoughts on the potential for political alliance between the two movements. The paper concludes that, while there are considerable areas of common ground, there remain cultural barriers to the mobilisation of such alliances.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy Research Unit (York)
The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2009 14:56
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2015 17:27
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0968759022000010399
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/0968759022000010399
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5988

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