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Ageism : stereotyping and prejudice against older persons
Nelson, Todd D., 1966-
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Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2002]

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xvi, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"A Bradford book."
Doddering but dear: process, content, and function in stereotyping of older persons / Amy J.C. Cuddy, Susan T. Fiske -- Ageism: denying the face of the future / Jeff Greenberg, Jeff Schimel, Andy Mertens -- Implicit ageism / Becca R. Levy, Mahzarin R. Banaji -- A social-developmental view of ageism / Joann M. Montepare, Leslie A. Zebrowitz -- Attitudes toward older adults / Mary E. Kite, Lisa Smith Wagner -- Ageism in the workplace: a communication perspective / Robert McCann, Howard Giles -- Ageist behavior / Monisha Pasupathi, Corinna E. Löckenhoff -- The paradox of well-being, identity processes, and stereotype threat: ageism and its potential relationships to self in later life / Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Joel R. Sneed -- Acting your age / Sarit A. Golub, Allan Filipowicz, Ellen J. Langer -- Will families support their elders? Answers from across cultures / Sik Hung Ng -- Reducing ageism / Valerie Braithwaite -- Thirty years of ageism research / Jody A. Wilkinson, Kenneth F. Ferraro.
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Along with race and gender, people commonly use age to categorize - and form stereotypes about - others. Of the three categories, age is the only one in which the members of the in-group (the young) will eventually join the out-group (the old). Although ageism is found cross-culturally, it is especially prevalent in the United States, where most people regard growing older with depression, fear, and anxiety. Older people in the United States are stigmatized and marginalized, with often devastating consequences.

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This comprehensive and interdisciplinary (gerontology, psychology, sociology, and communication) collection of 12 essays on a complex and increasingly important phenomenon is organized into three sections, "Origins of Ageism," "Effects of Ageism," and "Reducing Ageism and Future Directions." All of the essays are thoroughly researched and professionally presented by scholars with obvious command of their subject matter. Ageism is the least researched of the "isms," and this volume effectively states what is currently known about ageism, how it works, where it exists, what can be done about it, and what further research needs to be done. The book constitutes an ideal starting point for anyone interested in learning about or researching this topic. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels and collections. W. P. Nye Hollins University

Table of Contents

Amy J. C. Cuddy and Susan T. FiskeJeff Greenberg and Jeff Schimel and Andy MertensBecca R. Levy and Mahzarin R. BanajiJoann M. Montepare and Leslie A. ZebrowitzMary E. Kite and Lisa Smith WagnerRobert McCann and Howard GilesMonisha Pasupathi and Corinna E. LockenhoffSusan Krauss Whitbourne and Joel R. SneedSarit A. Golub and Allan Filipowicz and Ellen J. LangerSik Hung NgValerie BraithwaiteJody A. Wilkinson and Kenneth F. Ferraro
Prefacep. ix
Contributorsp. xv
I Origins of Ageism
1 Doddering but Dear: Process, Content, and Function in Stereotyping of Older Personsp. 3
2 Ageism: Denying the Face of the Futurep. 27
3 Implicit Ageismp. 49
4 A Social-Developmental View of Ageismp. 77
II Effects of Ageism
5 Attitudes toward Older Adultsp. 129
6 Ageism in the Workplace: A Communication Perspectivep. 163
7 Ageist Behaviorp. 201
8 The Paradox of Well-Being, Identity Processes, and Stereotype Threat: Ageism and Its Potential Relationships to the Self in Later Lifep. 247
III Reducing Ageism and Future Directions
9 Acting Your Agep. 277
10 Will Families Support Their Elders? Answers from Across Culturesp. 295
11 Reducing Ageismp. 311
12 Thirty Years of Ageism Researchp. 339
Indexp. 359