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dc.contributor.authorMilton, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorBuckner, Stefanie
dc.contributor.authorSalway, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Katie
dc.contributor.authorMoffatt, Suzanne
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Judith
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-29T09:09:57Z
dc.date.available2015-07-29T09:09:57Z
dc.date.issued2015-08
dc.identifier.citationMilton et al. Journal of Aging Studies (2015) Vol. 34, pp. 113-122. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2015.06.002
dc.identifier.issn0890-4065
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/249113
dc.description.abstractIn many welfare states, 'austerity' policies have ignited debates about the fairness and cost-effectiveness of universal welfare benefits, with benefits received by older citizens a particular topic of concern. Empirical studies suggest that conditionality generates problems of access and uptake but, to date, there has been little research on how different conditions of entitlement are understood by older citizens. This study drew on interviews with 29 older citizens from three areas of England to explore how eligibility for and uptake of different kinds of welfare benefits were understood. In interviews, current entitlement was understood in relation to a generational habitus, in which 'our generation' was framed as sharing cohort experiences, and moral orientations to self-reliance, hard work and struggle. Entitlement to some welfare benefits was taken for granted as a reward owed by the state to its citizens for hard-earned lives. State transfers such as pensions, free travel and fuel subsidies were congruent with a nationalised generational habitus, and fostered recognition, self-worth and the sense of a generation as a collective. In contrast, transfers contingent on economic or need-based conditionality were more explicitly framed as 'benefits', and negatively associated with vulnerability and moral contestation. Uptake was therefore often incompatible with their generational habitus. Calls for introducing further conditionality to benefits for older adults are often based on claims that this will increase fairness and equality. Our analysis suggests, however, that introducing conditionality has the potential to promote inequality and foster differentiation and division, within the older population and between generations.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)’s School for Public Health Research (SPHR).
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/
dc.subjectwelfare
dc.subjectconditionality
dc.subjectgeneration
dc.subjectclass
dc.subjectgenerational habitus
dc.subjectentitlement
dc.titleUnderstanding welfare conditionality in the context of a generational habitus: A qualitative study of older citizens in England.
dc.typeArticle
dc.description.versionThis is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Elsevier via http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2015.06.002
prism.endingPage122
prism.publicationDate2015
prism.publicationNameJ Aging Stud
prism.startingPage113
prism.volume34
dc.rioxxterms.funderNIHR
dcterms.dateAccepted2015-06-01
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1016/j.jaging.2015.06.002
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserved
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2015-06-20
dc.contributor.orcidBuckner, Stefanie [0000-0001-6820-7057]
dc.identifier.eissn1879-193X
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review
cam.issuedOnline2015-06-20
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2016-12-20


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