Title

The mask of ageing : doing cultural research for a 'social problem'

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Cultural Studies Review

Publication Date

9-1-2006

Volume

12

Issue

2

First Page

129

Last Page

148

Abstract

Debates about ‘social problems’ routinely raise questions: is the problem widespread?; how many people, and which people, does it affect?; is it getting worse?; what does it cost society?; what will it cost to deal with it? Convincing answers to such questions demand evidence, and that usually means numbers, measurements, statistics. However, the same group of statistics can be ‘manipulated’ by different sectors, including activists as well as policy makers. In this article the author explores was the way in which the impact of statistical dominance in social research was relayed by media coverage and also by social activists and policy makers.

DOI

10.5130/csr.v12i2.2340

Print ISSN

14468123

E-ISSN

18378692

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Recommended Citation

Luk, K.-L. (2006). The mask of ageing: Doing cultural research for a 'social problem'. Cultural Studies Review, 12(2), 129-148. doi: 10.5130/csr.v12i2.2340