Age Discrimination: An Historical and Contemporary Analysis by John Macnicol

By John Macnicol

Age discrimination is a hugely topical factor in all industrialized societies. dependent upon designated study, and adopting an interdisciplinary process, this distinct examine lines the background of the age discrimination debate in Britain and the U.S. because the Thirties. It significantly analyzes the suggestions of ageism in social family members and age discrimination in employment. Case-studies on generational fairness and future health care rationing by way of age are by way of an research of the British government's projects opposed to age discrimination in employment. The publication then strains the historical past of the controversy on health and wellbeing prestige and previous age.

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Butler, ‘Age-Ism’, p. 246. Quoted in Daniel P. O’Meara, Protecting the Growing Number of Older Workers: the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (1989), p. 94. Susan Sontag, ‘The Double Standard of Aging’, in Carver and Liddiard, An Ageing Population, pp. 72–80. For an exploration, see Arber and Ginn, Connecting Gender. Shah Ebrahim, ‘Ethnic Elders’, British Medical Journal, vol. 313, 7 Sept. 1996, pp. 610–13. For a useful discussion, see Ken Blakemore and Margaret Boneham, Age, Race and Ethnicity.

A Comparative Approach (1994), ch. 4. 99 Clearly, the inter-relationships between sex, race and age discrimination can be debated endlessly. However, endless debate does not produce good, workable legislation. 100 Most of us can recall as children being tyrannised in an ageist and vindictive manner by adult authority figures, such as ticket inspectors or park keepers. Many who campaign against ageism are quite consistent in opposing discrimination at any age. ’101 Likewise, Age Concern has consistently stressed that it is opposed to age discrimination against any age-group, since ageism occurs when someone makes or sees a distinction because of another person’s age and uses this as a basis for prejudice against and unfair treatment of that person.

100 Most of us can recall as children being tyrannised in an ageist and vindictive manner by adult authority figures, such as ticket inspectors or park keepers. Many who campaign against ageism are quite consistent in opposing discrimination at any age. ’101 Likewise, Age Concern has consistently stressed that it is opposed to age discrimination against any age-group, since ageism occurs when someone makes or sees a distinction because of another person’s age and uses this as a basis for prejudice against and unfair treatment of that person.

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