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Researching Older Lesbian: Problems and Partial Solutions

Westwood, S (2013) Researching Older Lesbian: Problems and Partial Solutions Journal of Lesbian Studies, 17 (3-4).

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There is a lack of research about older lesbians, who can be considered not only a “hidden population” but also a population in hiding. Yet older lesbians hold vital historical and cultural narratives that are, in turn, the heritage of younger lesbians. They also have much to contribute to understandings about gender, sexuality and aging, and to their currently unmet needs in terms of age-related housing, health, and social care provision. This article reflects on some of the issues that make it difficult to access older lesbians for research purposes. It identifies four problematic areas in researching older lesbians: definitions, access, representative sampling, and ethical issues. It suggests that participative action research might offer a means of widening access and engaging with older lesbians in a more collaborative way.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Date : 2013
DOI : 10.1080/10894160.2013.773840
Uncontrolled Keywords : older lesbians, hidden populations, snowball sampling, feminism, ethics, participative action research
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 10:09
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 18:35

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