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The invisibility of age

Arber, S and Ginn, J (2008) The invisibility of age In: Ageing, Key Issues for the 21st Century Series. Key Issues for the 21st Century, 1 . Sage Publications Ltd, New York. ISBN 9781412935586

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Sociology almost entirely neglects later life. This contrasts with social policy where elderly people are largely seen as a burden on society and their carers. The article examines three areas of sociological enquiry and suggests reasons for the omission of elderly people. Parallels are drawn with sociology's earlier neglect of women. The feminist agenda has largely excluded the concerns of elderly women and at times has contributed to the pathological image of elderly people as burdens to be shouldered by their daughters. We argue that sociological theories would be enriched by incorporating the experiences of elderly people within their theoretical net. Reprint of article first published in The Sociological Review, 1991, 39(2), 260-291. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-954X.1991.tb02981.x

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
Arber, S
Ginn, J
Editors :
McDaniel, S
Date : 2008
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Date Deposited : 11 Jul 2013 13:19
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:06

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