SOC102H1 Chapter Notes -Intersectionality, Light Reading, Karl Mannheim

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Cultural meanings are specific to times and places making it more difficult for different generations to understand each other: ex. young look forward to better days, elders look backward (to better days) Law tries to protect people thought to be vulnerable (young and elderly: marriage age floor, legal drinking age, legal age of sexual consent. Ageism: all types of prejudice or discrimination against members of society based on an individual s age, whether old or young. Reminder: society is like a well-oiled machine of supporting parts that work together as an efficient, productive whole. Therefore society is as strong as its weakest members. Elderly people are displaced from positions of power and influence as they are the weakest members due to physical and mental decline. Withdraw to edges of society, preparing for death. Replacing old with new required for efficient, globally competitive economy. Ageism does not serve society as a whole; serves middle-aged (20-60) people to further their own interests.

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