Why do some sociologists claim that the problem of ageing is a 'social construction'?
DEMOGRAPHY question on sociology. Please HELP! Thanks!!! :D
Posted Wed 7th November, 2012 @ 20:51 by Mamuna R. Edited by Mamuna R. on Wed 7th November, 2012 @ 20:51
Everyone gets older - we all know that. But the way different societies view that process is very different - that is another way of saying it's socially constructed.
In our society older people are often seen as a burden on the working population - they have low status and are seen as using up valuable resources that could be devoted to younger people. They are unattractive, stupid, unghealthy and dependent on others. In many traditional societies older people are seen in a different way. Their age gives them wisdom and experience and they have the highest status.