Social Inequality - Age

HideShow resource information
Preview of Social Inequality - Age

First 325 words of the document:

Outline the evidences that youths are disadvantaged in the contemporary UK
(20)
Ageism
Explanation: those most likely to experience ageism are the elderly and youths; they
are at a disadvantage because of this
Evidence: Butler ­ defined ageism as a process of negative stereotyping and
discrimination against people purely on the grounds of their chronological age;
ageism leads to negative stereotyping of youths
Evidence: Best ­ youths experience ageism as moral panics tend to negatively focus
on the activities and cultural habits of young people
Media
Explanation: the hypodermic needle model suggests that the media injects their
values and beliefs into the minds of a passive audience; youths tend to be
stereotyped and portrayed as troublesome
Evidence: Hebdige ­ there is a recurring theme in the media as
'youths-as-troublesome'
Evidence: Cohen ­ the media created folk devils out of the Mods and Rockers
subcultures, creating a moral panic from the supposed fighting that was to occur;
this negatively labelled both groups as troublesome
Workplace
Explanation: statistics show that around 40% of 16-24 year olds who are in full time
education are also in paid employment
Evidence: The Guardian ­ found that youth employment rate is the worst it has
been in 20 years, and x3 as many 16-24 year olds are likely to be jobless
Evidence: Vincent ­ young job applicants may be passed over in favour of older
workers because they are more likely to stay in that job, whereas younger workers
are more likely to swap jobs
Crime
Explanation: it tends to be youths who have a strongest link to crime, with them
being most likely to be a victim of crime
Evidence: The Guardian ­ found in 2014 that those aged 16-24 are more than twice
as likely to be victims of a violent crime than any other age group

Other pages in this set

Page 2

Preview of page 2

Here's a taster:

Evidence: Wilson ­ found in a study that 27% of 10-25 year olds have reported being
a victim of crime
Outline the evidence that the middle aged are advantaged in contemporary
UK (20)
Work
Explanation: middle aged people tend to have the most work opportunities for them
as they are not too young and not too old, they are the perfect workers for a
capitalist society to make profits
Evidence: Vincent ­ young job applicants may be passed over in favour of older
workers because…read more

Page 3

Preview of page 3

Here's a taster:

Explanation: the middle aged people in society are least likely to experience poverty
in relation to other age groups
Evidence: Help the Aged ­ found in 2006 that 11% of pensioners, or 1.…read more

Page 4

Preview of page 4

Here's a taster:

Evidence: Milne et al ­ found evidence of two distinct 'worlds' among the elderly;
one world ­ composed of the people in early years of retirement who live a
comfortable lifestyle; second world ­ made up of those over 80 who live alone with
only a few savings and are most likely to suffer from acute poverty
Media
Explanation: the hypodermic needle model suggests that the media injects specific
values and beliefs into the minds of a passive audience; this can be said to occur…read more

Page 5

Preview of page 5

Here's a taster:

Evidence: Blaikie ­ marketing companies have recognised the grey power of the
elderly in an ageing society, and now portray more positive images of the joys of
retirement and the choices that are involved
Health
Explanation: the elderly are more likely to receive care from their families compared
to the past
Evidence: Grundy and Henrietta ­ believe there is a sandwich generation in which
middle aged people, women in particular, now have to care for both their children
and their/their partner's parents
Evidence: Beecham et…read more

Comments

No comments have yet been made

Similar Sociology resources:

See all Sociology resources »See all resources »