The Seduction of Agelessness

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Andrews, M. 1999. The Seduction of Agelessness. Ageing and Society. 19 (3), pp. 301-318.
AuthorsAndrews, M.
Abstract

In recent years, many researchers in the study of ageing have adopted a terminology of ‘agelessness’. They argue that old age is nothing more than a social construct and that until it is eliminated as a conceptual category, ageism will continue to flourish. This article challenges this view, stating that the current tendency towards ‘agelessness’ is itself a form of ageism, depriving the old of one of their most hard-earned resources: their age. Specific theories of ageing (successful ageing, mask of ageing, continuity theory) are assessed in this light, and original data are presented as evidence of old age as a unique phase of the lifecycle replete with continued developmental possibilities.

Keywordsold age; ageism; agelessness; life-span development
JournalAgeing and Society
Journal citation19 (3), pp. 301-318
ISSN0144-686X
Year1999
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY-ND
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X99007369
http://hdl.handle.net/10552/438
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PrintMay 1999
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Deposited15 Dec 2009
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Andrews, M. (1999) ‘The Seduction of Agelessness’ Ageing & Society 19 (3) 301-318.

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