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Whose ageism?: The reinvigoration and definitiopns of an elusive concept
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Swedish School of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland. (GERDA research group (Gerontological Regional Database), ASW, Ageing and Social Welfare)
2016 (English)In: Nordic Psychology, ISSN 1901-2276, E-ISSN 1904-0016, Vol. 68, no 3, 148-159 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with a critical conceptual understanding of ageism. It does so foremost by prob- lematizing some of the inadequacies in a previously published article that introduces a new defi- nition of the concept ageism. Attention is devoted to (i) the prima facie that the ageism concept is repeatedly underscored as a concept for older people exclusively and the "us-them" distinction; (ii) what the concept ageism means and different ways of defining ageism; and, (iii) different ways in which we desire to study ageism. The article finishes with a simple example in which age- ism is compared to a box of chocolates. The example is used to illuminate how we can carry out anti-ageist work more effectively in society. That is, to help us understand and sometimes avoid the different and relative inferiorities that follow with different ages, in order to come to grips with the different and relative inferiorities that is often assumed to come with old age.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 68, no 3, 148-159 p.
Keyword [en]
ageism, concept, definition, critical, us-them
Keyword [sv]
ålderism, konceptualisering, definition, kritisk, vi-dom
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Social Work Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-114139DOI: 10.1080/19012276.2015.1125301ISI: 000381011500002OAI: diva2:894199
Available from: 2016-01-14 Created: 2016-01-14 Last updated: 2016-09-13Bibliographically approved

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