Decolonizing long-term care for the elderly: A case of Taiwan Indigenous peoples

Gao, G. I. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


This paper has two aims to explore the notion of decolonizing long-term care. First, it aims to illustrate power relations between social welfare policies and Indigenous peoples through examining genealogy of long-term care for the elderly. Second, it aims to flesh out Indigenous peoples’ claims for self-determination and how it provides a critique for the formation of state’s long-term care project. For the former, Foucault’s genealogical analysis and Carol Bacchi’s ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be’ (WPR) approach are utilized as key resources for problematizing the apparatus of long-term care institutions. For the latter, critical ethnography is utilized as a key tool to open the institutional presence in Indigenous people’s everyday life.

The preliminary analysis from the first aim unravels Taiwan’s long-term care encompasses contingent conditions of what should be considered “good care”. Although Taiwan Indigenous peoples are recognized nationally, their voices in participating in producing the discourse are muffled and silenced. The underlying assumptions and norms of aging only concerns the medical professionals and other institutions of control. It leads to disruption of long-term care and Indigenous peoples as ‘ungrateful’ passive recipients of welfare. The results form the second aim shows that bringing self -determination to the discussion of long-term care is essential to end the disruption. Highlighting Indigenous peoples’ self-determination through practice exemplifies their agency and a more holistic conception of “good care”.
Period13 Jun 2017
Held atThe 4th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference
Event typeConference
LocationAlta, Norway