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Concluding Thoughts
Concluding Thoughts
Overview of arguments covered in the chapters of the book

Each of the chapters in this book has sought, according to different themes, to demonstrate how the age system serves both to produce hierarchies of its own and to naturalize existing social inequalities by presenting them as inevitable: whether associated with youth, mid-life or old age. In doing so, we have seen how age interlocks with gender and class to form a formidable meshwork of stratification as well as to render individuals governable through their freedom (Rose, 1999). Through the chapters we also looked at the analytic concepts and tools at our disposal as sociologists which may, with certain modifications, serve to highlight and critique age inequalities and the age ideology that ...

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