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Socio- legal perspectives on healthcare inequalities in later life

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Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Law, Medicine and Society
DateAccepted/In press - 2020
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
EditorsMarie-Andree Jacob, Anna Kirkland
Original languageEnglish

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NameLaw and Society
PublisherEdward Elgar

Abstract

This chapter explores the emerging body of knowledge about law, society and medicine in relation to ageing, gender and sexuality. It focuses upon UK and international research about the lives of older lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people who experience significant inequalities in relation to health and healthcare, due to the accumulative detrimental effects of minority stress, social marginalisation and provision which is ill-equipped to meet their needs. Drawing upon Dove’s (2018) framework I propose that a socio-legal approach can contribute to analyses of these inequalities, in relation to a) contributing to understanding how inequalities in medical/healthcare law operate, at the intersection of ageing, gender and sexuality; b) providing a richer theoretical understanding of law in healthcare and medical/healthcare inequalities research contexts; and c) informing and influencing healthcare reform and health equity promotion.

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