Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

” We often speak about older people in general (and not about different individuals), about “the” process of ageing (and not about the multiple, unique courses which exist), and about old age as a uniform stage at the end of life (and not about the diverse and heterogeneous living situations of older people). As soon as we neglect the differences between individuals, we over-generalise and treat older people, ageing, and old age in a stereotypical manner. This stereotypical construction of older people, ageing, and old age is called “ageism.” ”

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Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism, volume 19


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