Lecture 5 Notes
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Lecture 5: Aging and Age inequality
Age is a cultural category; its meaning varies historically and cross culturally
Certain social distance between ppl of diff ages [Mannheim’s Generations], just like w/ ppl of
Ppl tend to maintain prejudices about other age groups, they will ‘fight’ against them. They only
care for their own interests. Though may make allies against a common enemy.
Childhood is imagined (Philippe Aries’ Centuries of Childhood)
Didn’t always exists as we know it today
Middle ages, things were different
They used to be see as proto-adults, mini-adults
Adolescence was also invented
Through a similar deal came the notion of Old Age, and retirement/pension in late 19th century
[Feature of young ppl: Risk-taking (can be seen as normative)
David Matza (‘Delinquency and Drift’);
young ppl drift into delinquency w/o a strong motivation to do harm
Travis Hirschi; everyone has delinquency potential; social bonding theory
Invention of ‘old age’; arose w/ paid retirement in 1880s germany. Invention of retirement lead to
idea of old age.
Karl Mannheim: theories about generational groupings. Generational experiences shapes
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