“With great rigour, yet an enviable lightness of touch, Susan Pickard has written an engaging and accessible book that students will love.” – Rosaline Gill, City University London “A scholarly tour de force that brings into focus the various disciplines, histories, literatures and knowledges that have transformed us into modern subjects of age.” – Stephen Katz, Trent University Age Studies takes an invigorating approach to the study of age and ageing in contemporary society. Encompassing ageing throughout the life course, taking in childhood, adolescence, mid-life and older age, and situated explicitly within a sociological disciplinary framework, Age Studies:  • Explores current social science debates on the study of ageing linking these to core sociological concepts.  • Links theory and application, using a variety of examples and international case studies  • Includes chapter summaries, further reading and guided questions. A thought-provoking companion to advanced undergraduates and postgraduate student studying ageing, older people, social gerontology and related courses.

Representing Ages and Stages
Representing Ages and Stages

In this chapter we will look at the depiction of ages and stages in visual and textual media, also examining their relationship with lived experience. What we might consider to be our automatic response to visual or symbolic depictions of age is in fact filtered through an ideological lens and involves relationships of power and inequality. Representations not only reflect our views on age but shape them and also misrepresent them and as such are a key site of struggle and resistance, of hegemony and transformation. Skeggs notes: ‘A daily class struggle is waged through challenging the values generated through representation’ (2004: 117–18). This chapter will demonstrate that exactly the same claim can be made for age ...

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