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Journal Cover RASP - Research on Ageing and Social Policy
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   ISSN (Print) 2014-6728
   Published by Hipatia Press Homepage  [14 journals]
  • Interinstitutional networks and democratization of services in social
           intervention with older people in Portugal

    • Authors: Isabella Paoletti, Alda Gonzalves
      Pages: 109 - 137
      Abstract: This article presents an interinstitutional network supporting older people in Portugal and a policy document that institutionalized this type of interinstitutional practices. The data are part of a large corpus collected in the course of interdisciplinary research: “Aging, poverty and social exclusion: an interdisciplinary study on innovative support services.” ( The documentation of good practices in intervention with older people at risk of exclusion were the aim of the research project. The data collected incudes: interviews, observation and recordings of inter-institutional meetings. In the light of the relevant literature, the study discusses the ethnographic account in relation to relevant policy documents (“Rede Social” Interinstitutional Network Program RCM no. 197/97, of 18 November). Describing the main aspects of the intervention strategies with the older population, the article documents the value of these experiences and the approach in policies for the democratization of services and the inclusion of citizens participating in decision making about delivery of services and the promotion of inclusive societies.

      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2103
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
  • Full Issue

    • Authors: Maria del Mar Ramis Salas
      Pages: 109 - 206
      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2898
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
  • The Ethical Foundations of Social Policy: Martha Nussbaum and Dependency

    • Authors: Cristina Guirao Mirón
      Pages: 138 - 154
      Abstract: New societies require social polities based upon renewed ethical values. We are witnessing the regeneration of the ethical models that nourish social policy in a more inclusive manner, being more acquiescent with diversity than are the classical social contract and justice theories. This paper examines the regeneration of these ethical foundations from contemporary paradigms of thought, such as Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen’s, in contrast to the ones proposed by Rawls and contractarianism. Special focus is put on the problem of dependency in our societies. The conclusions drawn advocate for an inclusive social contract that embraces the diversity of human functionings and capabilities. This work also discusses the reasons why a regeneration of ethical models shaping the theories of justice, which are the core of our social order, is essential.
      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2400
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
  • Online gerontechnological resources analysis for active aging

    • Authors: Cristina Díaz-Prieto, Jesús Nicasio García-Sánchez
      Pages: 155 - 180
      Abstract: Gerontechnology has become a new field of interest in aging, showing the potential of these new tools to promote the well-being of the elderly and active aging. Although few studies have focused on analyzing the online resources available for this purpose. Here, we identify and analyze the online resources focused on some of the main areas of interest in active aging, according to its main characteristics, as well as aspects of accessibility, use and quality, with special emphasis on those resources aimed specifically at older people. We identified and coded 557 links. These links are focused on 7 dimensions of active aging. Descriptive and multivariate analyses show a lack of online resources aimed specifically at older people, especially in relation to psychosocial and emotional variables. We have found significant limitations of accessibility, use and quality of resources. We conclude on the need for greater involvement institutional, social and scientific to maximize the possibilities offered by the Internet and to overcome the limitations found and that might serve as some of the causes of the generational digital divide existing.
      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2193
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
  • The Other Women in Dialogic Literary Gatherings

    • Authors: Carme Garcia Yeste, Maria Padrós Cuxart, Eduard Mondéjar Torra, Beatriz Villarejo Carballido
      Pages: 181 - 202
      Abstract: This paper is based on Freire’s conception of dialogic action, which highlights the role of dialogue in raising awareness and critical consciousness (Freire, 1970). Drawing on this conception, Dialogic Literary Gatherings (DLG) were created in 1978 in a working-class neighbourhood in Barcelona. The purpose was not only to contribute to adults’ literacy learning but also to support their empowerment towards personal and social transformations. Specifically, we examine four non-academic women who have participated in DLG for more than 20 years and who have been traditionally excluded from decision-making processes in various personal and social spaces. We demonstrate how these women transform their self-concept as readers and learners by engaging in reading and enjoying classic literature, thus becoming empowered as social agents. This empowerment has occurred through several pathways for engagement. DLG allow participants to become confident readers who perceive themselves as culturally competent such that they are capable of actively participating in scholarly forums. Participants become more socially engaged and become involved in social movements to support marginalised communities. The transformative dialogues prompted by individually reading aloud and collectively discussing the morals and social values of the classics (i.e., gender issues) mobilise participants to engage in women’s movements, opening the feminist arena to include so-called ‘other women’.
      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2660
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
  • Social cognition : development across the life span

    • Authors: Xabier Ansorena
      Pages: 203 - 206
      Abstract: From the moment we enter this world, we are dependent on others. This dependence changes as we grow, creating a harmonic balance between ourselves and others.The goal of this volume is to describe and highlight cutting-edge research and theories that answer the many questions that arise in the field of Social Cognition. This is done in a rigorous and structured way, offering multidisciplinary material that goes beyond academic spheres. 
      PubDate: 2017-07-30
      DOI: 10.17583/rasp.2017.2728
      Issue No: Vol. 5, No. 2 (2017)
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