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Gender Studies as a Paradigm for Age Studies
Gender Studies as a Paradigm for Age Studies
Background: the old body as outside culture

In the last chapter we suggested that the first step towards challenging the age system is to see it as a socially constructed system of stratification, with ideological and material aspects and with parallels to, and interconnections with, social class. Indeed, we suggested that age ideology is able to naturalize other forms of social stratification through positing age as something natural and inevitable. However, because there is likely to be considerable resistance (both at an individual and social level) to seeing age as other than natural, biologically determined and therefore incontestable, in this chapter I will suggest the use of some further analytic ...

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