Perceived levels of ageism in society: A deconstructive approach
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Little attention has been devoted to how aged individuals relate to existing age attitudes at different levels of society. This article focuses on the general ways in which individuals (born in 1930 and 1940) report positive, neutral and negative attitudes towards elderly people in our society. The aim of this study is to present descriptive data on perceived ageism and based on this to identify a holistic model that outlines an option in which the explicit attitudes reported at different levels in society relate to each other. GERDA-survey data (n=2010) collected in 2005 in Sweden and Finland, principal component analysis and structural equation modelling (SEM) are applied in order to explore the topic. An attempt is made to connect survey items derived from previous gerontological research in Sweden to the explicit research field of ageism. Results suggest that aged individuals perceive and report experiences of ageism at individual, cultural and structural levels of society. These three levels, the mediational direction that links them and the intersectional issue of perceived gendered ageism are discussed in relation to previous empirical and theoretical contributions. One of the arguments emphasized is the necessity of analysing the constructs of ageism in order to identify a satisfying condition upon which it is possible to attribute ageism as potentially constitutive of individual subjective and objective experiences.
ageism, perceptions, attitudes, society, levels, gender, intersectional
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22305OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-22305DiVA: diva2:214386