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Ageism : Stereotyping and Prejudice against Older Persons - Todd D. Nelson


Stereotyping and Prejudice against Older Persons

By: Todd D. Nelson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th September 2004
ISBN: 9780262640572
Number Of Pages: 388
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Along with race and gender, people commonly use age to categorize -- and form stereotypes about -- others. Of the three categories, age is the only one in which the members of the in-group (the young) will eventually join the out-group (the old). Although ageism is found cross-culturally, it is especially prevalent in the United States, where most people regard growing older with depression, fear, and anxiety. Older people in the United States are stigmatized and marginalized, with often devastating consequences.Although researchers have paid a great deal of attention to racism and sexism, there has been a dearth of research on ageism. A major reason for this neglect is that age prejudice is still considered socially acceptable. As baby boomers approach retirement age, however, there has been increased academic and popular interest in aging. This volume presents the current thinking on age stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination by researchers in gerontology, psychology, sociology, and communication. The book presents theoretical and empirical findings on the origins and effects of ageism, as well as suggestions on how to reduce ageism for the approaching "graying of America."

"Physicians, nurses, social workers, and many others in both practice and policy-development roles need to be aware of ageism. This book certainly provides an overwhelming amount of evidence of the phenomenon from social science research; I recommend it as a cure for skeptics." - Rosalie A. Kane, Ph.D, New England Journal of Medicine

ISBN: 9780262640572
ISBN-10: 0262640570
Series: A Bradford Book
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 17th September 2004
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53