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Ålderism: ett fruktbart begrepp?
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2008 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 45, no 2, 18-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ageism has gained growing attention in Sweden the last decade. Age is even discussed

to be included in the discrimination legislation. Still, the concept has not been of

much sociological interest. This article is an overview of the concept ageism and how

it has been discussed in social gerontology. In the article it is argued that the overall

focus has been on overtly expressions such as stereotypes and discriminating behavior

while underlying structures and processes of power and power relations have not got

enough attention. As a result the concept of ageism has become limited as an analytical

tool. Thus, in order to develop the potential of the concept it seems crucial to

explicate and theorise power relations. To accomplish this goal, i.e. to focus on how

age based power relations are negotiated, challenged and reproduced in processes and

institutionalised practises it is suggested that ageism might have to be complemented

with other concepts, such as age coding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 45, no 2, 18-34 p.
Keyword [en]
age coding, ageism, discrimination, power, power relations
National Category
Social Work Social Work
Research subject
Social Work; Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-25851OAI: diva2:599633
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-22 Last updated: 2014-10-20Bibliographically approved

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