age inequality weber & postmodernist

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  • age inequality
    • weber
      • market position explains the low status of elderly and the young
      • Parkin 1968
        • negatively privileged status groups
        • elderly socially segregated
          • media
          • employment
          • living (care homes)
      • Havinghurst 1961
        • criticises disengagment theory
        • inequality is about social interaction not age
      • Statham 2011
        • continued social interaction may change the inequalities faced by isolated elderly
      • Turner 1989
        • age discrimination through terms of status
        • elderly and young have lower status as they are less likely to have material goods
        • dependent groups have low status
      • Cohen 1972
        • moral panics explain the media inequality young people face
      • Victor 1994
        • media representing elderly as lonely, useless dependent makes it a reality
      • evaluation
        • fail to recognise the structural causes of inequality e.g. capitalism
        • ignores institutional ageism
    • postmodernist
      • Polemous 1997
        • youth seen as a non homogeneous group shopping at the 'supermarket of style'
      • Laczko & Phillipson 1991
        • inequality toward some elderly caused by wealth not ageing
        • study on early retirement
      • Hepworth 1993
        • traditional explanations focus too much on imaginary boundaries of age
      • Blaikie 1999
        • positive ageing
        • fourth age filled with active leisure based pursuits
      • Powell 2001
        • labelling causes inequalities to age
        • ageing is like a mask
      • Powell & Biggs 2000
        • some people fight ageing with surgery & cosemtics
        • age discrimination based on appearance
      • Globalisation is a key cause of age inequality

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