“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.
Chapter 10: Ages and Generations in Interaction
Ages and Generations in Interaction
In this chapter we will look at age relations and suggest that the concept of ‘generations’, especially as it is used in the media, casts age relations in a conflictual light that quickly becomes naturalized. We will demonstrate how ‘generations’ link conceptually with class and gender regimes and the struggles associated with them, obscuring the latter and highlighting age relations as the major problem. Similarly, the systemically ‘conflictual’ relationship between women and children is presented not as an issue within the gender regime – the conflicting demands of individualization on women, the clash between ‘personhood’ and ‘motherhood’ underpinned by social policy, for example – but as a generational struggle. It is framed by one of ...