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Quand la « fragilité » des personnes âgées devient un motif d’action publique

Hugo Bertillot 1, 2, 3 Marie-Aline Bloch 1, 2, 3 
Abstract : This article takes a sociological look at the concept of the “fragility of the elderly”, which has been playing an increasingly important role in France in the debate on autonomy. Starting with a review of the relevant literature, complemented by analysis of scientific and institutional events, we first analyse the different connotations of this category (biomedical, vulnerability, and demographic approaches), as well as its more transversal ambitions such as preventing the loss of autonomy and the integration of services. We then look at actual actions on fragility in light of interviews and observations by professionals in both areas. Fragility of the elderly emerges as a motive for public policy, the success of which is due as much to the malleability of its contents—facilitating the action of a wide range of actors in organisations in the autonomy field—as it is to its normative implications. However, the actions concerning fragility are severely challenged by the fragmentation of this area of public policy, in which there is a particular lack of clarity in the interrelations linking the various types of actions.
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Hugo Bertillot, Marie-Aline Bloch. Quand la « fragilité » des personnes âgées devient un motif d’action publique. Revue française des affaires sociales, 2016, Handicap, âge, dépendance : quelles populations ?, 4, pp.107-127. ⟨10.3917/rfas.164.0107⟩. ⟨hal-01448080⟩

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