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Who can I turn to? Social networks and the housing, care and support preferences of older lesbian and gay people in the UK

Lottmann, Ralf and King, Andrew (2020) Who can I turn to? Social networks and the housing, care and support preferences of older lesbian and gay people in the UK Sexualities.

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Abstract

What happens when lesbian and gay people, who are more likely to be childless and single than their heterosexual peers, get older and need support and care? Who can they turn to? In addressing this question, this article draws on data collected as part of a wider project concerning the housing preferences, experiences and concerns of older LGBT people in the United Kingdom. The article explores the social networks that older lesbian and gay people expect to utilise later in life if they require different forms of care. It uses social capital theory and considers the role of ‘families of choice’ in older lesbian and gay people’s lives, questioning whether such bonds may or may not be useful for different forms of care and support older lesbian and gay people may require late in life.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Lottmann, Ralfr.lottmann@surrey.ac.uk0000-0002-8023-6544
King, Andrewandrew.king@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 11 August 2020
Funders : European Union's Horizon 2020
DOI : 10.1177/1363460720944588
Grant Title : Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement
Copyright Disclaimer : © The Author(s) 2020. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Care; Housing; Social networks; Families of choice; Homosexuality
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 07 Oct 2020 13:13
Last Modified : 07 Oct 2020 13:14
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/858697

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