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Age

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Age is an independent basis for drawing social distinctions across societies. It plays a significant role in shaping daily practices and understandings of oneself and of others. In everyday life, people are divided into age categories such as children, youth, adults, and seniors. Each of these groupings has its own schema of appropriate behavior or attributes and is associated with a corresponding set of social relationships with other people and with institutions like the education system, the labor ...

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