Age Discrimination: An Historical and Contemporary Analysis by John Macnicol

By John Macnicol

Age discrimination is a hugely topical factor in all industrialized societies. dependent upon specified study, and adopting an interdisciplinary procedure, this certain examine strains the heritage of the age discrimination debate in Britain and the U.S. because the Thirties. It significantly analyzes the strategies of ageism in social family and age discrimination in employment. Case-studies on generational fairness and overall healthiness care rationing by means of age are by way of an research of the British government's projects opposed to age discrimination in employment. The e-book then strains the historical past of the talk on well-being prestige and previous age.

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When the whole issue of civil rights was under discussion in the USA in the 1960s, it was generally contended that discrimination on grounds of race, sex or religion were all substantially different from age discrimination, since the former were pure ‘bigotry’ that arose from feelings about a person unrelated to that person’s ability to perform a specific job;92 by contrast, working capacity does gradually decline with age, even if the 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 See, for example, Midwinter, Citizenship, p.

2. For the USA, see: Graebner, History of Retirement; Hushbeck, Old and Obsolete. Macnicol, Politics of Retirement, pp. 48–59.

2. Analysing ageism and age discrimination 39 of older workers. This rather stark polarisation is heuristic – supply and demand are, of course, interactive – and no serious study has ever suggested one to the exclusion of the other: all have offered a combination of the two, but with important differences of emphasis. However, the distinction remains a useful analytical starting-point. 151 ‘Supply-side’ explanations include a number of models of ‘retirement behaviour’ which see human agency as crucial.

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