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Older People in Law and Society$
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Jonathan Herring

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.001.0001

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Ageism and Age Discrimination

Ageism and Age Discrimination

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(p.12) 2 Ageism and Age Discrimination
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Older People in Law and Society
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229024.003.0002

This chapter considers the legal protection offered against age discrimination. It looks at what ageism is and when, if ever, it can be justified. It considers why it has taken so long for society to address the issue of ageism and unpacks some of the less obvious forms of age discrimination within society. It considers the ways in which age discrimination is like and unlike sex or race discrimination. Particular attention is paid to the recent regulations prohibiting age discrimination in the work place.

Keywords:   age discrimination, ageism, employment, sex discrimination, race discrimination, media representations, appearance, work place

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