By Erdman Palmore PhD
During this up to date version, Palmore offers a finished assessment for lots of varied kinds of ageism together with the curiosity concept of optimistic ageism, which initiatives onto the aged as a bunch conventional virtues like knowledge. He discusses either person and social affects on attitudes in the direction of the elderly; analyzes institutional styles of ageism; and explores how you can decrease the impression of ageism at the aged. This ebook is a beneficial source and textual content for college kids and pros drawn to the sociology of getting older in our society.
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There continue to be many constraints on their behavior. First, all the laws regulating behavior of other persons continue to apply to elders. ) continue to apply to elders. There may be some relaxation of some norms (for example, elders may dress more casually than when they went to the office), but these changes are minor relative to the thousands of informal norms that continue to control behavior of elders in our culture. ). ). ). Types of Ageism 39 Eternal Youth Some believe that if one uses enough skin cream, wrinkle remover, hair dye, cosmetic surgery, vitamins, and exercise gadgets, one can halt the aging processes.
This discrimination can occur in hiring, promotion, retention, and so on. Such discrimination in favor of all older workers should be distinguished from seniority policies that give workers with more seniority in the company or agency certain advantages. The latter advantages are based on years of service to one employer, which may be quite different from age. Types of Ageism 43 2. Political. Political discrimination in favor of elders takes two main forms: discrimination in favor of elders by legislators, administrators, and judges; and discrimination by voters in favor of older candidates for office (see Chapter 9).
Only about 4% of elders are extremely isolated, and most of these have had lifelong histories of withdrawal (B. Kahana, 1995). Most elders have close relatives within easy visiting distance, and contacts between them are relatively frequent. Most studies agree that there tends to be a decline in total social activity with age, but the total number of persons in the social network tends to remain steady (Palmore, 1981). 26 CONCEPTS The types of persons in the social network tend to shift from older to younger persons, and from friends and neighbors to children and other relatives.
Ageism: Negative and Positive by Erdman Palmore PhD