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The Complexity of Ageism: A Proposed Typology
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (The Social Gerontology Group)
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, Vol. 1, no 1, 43-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Comparing data from a contemporary (2002) study and a study from 1984, it was found that, now as then, people display seemingly contradictory constellations of attitudes toward the elderly. Large proportions of respondents, now as then, advocate more influence and space for the 65+ group, at the same time as many feel that no one in the parliament should be above the age of 65. This contradiction becomes intelligible when the conceptions of and behavioral dispositions toward the elderly are combined in a new proposed typology of ageism, which is the result of a study conducted in 2002 and reported in this article. This new typology includes the Pitying Positive, the No Fuzz, the Consistently Negative and the Consistently Positive. These types are empirically described, and use of the typology is exemplified by focusing on ageist attitudes toward parliament membership.

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2006. Vol. 1, no 1, 43-68 p.
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Ageism, attitudes, typology, gender
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81395OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81395DiVA: diva2:109310
Available from: 2006-08-21 Created: 2006-08-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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