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The exclusion of older people in disability activism and policies - A case of inadvertent ageism?
Lund University.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 0890-4056, Vol. 23, no 1, 69-77 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using Sweden as a case, the article discusses the tendency within disability activism and policies to overlook elderly people. From an analysis of a major Swedish government investigation on disability it is clear that disability policies in Sweden have come to rest upon stereotyped age norms that divide the life course into set stages, and there has been a tendency to define elderly disabled people as elderly rather than disabled. It is argued that this exclusion is partly the result of a successful endeavor to provide disabled people of younger ages with rights that are typical of non-disabled citizens. justice and equality have been defined in comparison to citizens of similar ages: children, youth and adults of "active age". Based on the analysis of the paper it is argued that activities of movements struggling to liberate oppressed Populations may contribute to ageism, and that anti-ageist research must go beyond the idea that ageism is a simple matter of attitudes towards older people.

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2009. Vol. 23, no 1, 69-77 p.
Keyword [en]
Age norms, Ageism, Disability, Government policy, Reference groups, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16856DOI: 10.1016/j.jaging.2007.09.001OAI: diva2:174399
Available from: 2009-02-21 Created: 2009-02-20 Last updated: 2012-12-18

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