Positioning gerontology in an ageist world

Bytheway, Bill (2002). Positioning gerontology in an ageist world. In: Andersson, Lars ed. Cultural gerontology. Westport, CT, USA: Auburn House, pp. 59–76.

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There is much to be learned from the study of how people and organizations have established gerontology as a discipline and endeavoured to position it, both in relation to other disciplines and in the wider world. The wider worlds in which gerontologists undertake their work are essentially ageist in the sense that people are regularly classified according to age and then either privileged or denied what are deemed to be 'appropriate' opportunities or services. I review 117 articles published in Ageing & Society between 1997 and 2000. Authors appeared to be reluctant to use the concept of ageism and none of the research being reported was undertaken in collaboration with the campaigning organizations of older people. I conclude with three recommendations regarding the positioning of gerontology.

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