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Resource Title: Ageism is an Unchallenged "Ism"

Publication Title: The Age Buster

Publish Date: August 20, 2020

You pointed out that Butler’s definition of ageism is incomplete. Can you explain what is missing and why it matters?

Robert Butler published three different definitions of ageism, in 1969, 1975 and 1980. The last one was most complete, but contained elements from only two of the dimensions we detected. In the 1980 version, Butler included institutional ageism, that is social structures and policies that inhibit the participation of older citizens, like mandatory retirement at a certain chronological age. This is an important perspective to include when it comes to counteract ageism. One of the dimensions that Butler’s definitions lacked was implicit versus explicit ageism. Implicit ageism may need special attention, since it is less often detected as ageism. Implicitly many oversimplified conceptions of older people are accepted as valid, even if they are oversimplified and ageist.

Ageism is an Unchallenged “Ism”

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