(noun) Discrimination and prejudice against a person because of their age.
Example: Not hiring a young person because an employer thinks they are immature based age regardless of personality and experience or not hiring an older person because of preconceived notions of their abilities without actual evidence.
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- Coined by Robert Neil Butler (1927–2010), director of the American Institute of Aging. Butler won a Pulitzer Prize for Why Survive? Being Old In America in 1976.
- Status offenses can be viewed as a form of ageism.
- A type of discrimination.
- Variant form: agism
- “Ageism against older persons is rooted in the assumption that people become unattractive, unintelligent, asexual, unemployable, and mentally incompetent as they grow older” (Kendall 2006:101).
- Bytheway, Bill. 1995. Ageism. Buckingham: Open University Press.
- Gullette, Margaret Morganroth. 2011. Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
- Levin, Jack. 2013. Blurring the Boundaries: The Declining Significance of Age. New York: Routledge.
- Nelson, Todd D. 2002. Ageism: Stereotyping and Prejudice Against Older Persons. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- Palmore, Erdman Ballagh, Laurence G. Branch, and Diana K. Harris. 2005. Encyclopedia of Ageism. Binhamton, NY: Haworth Pastoral Press.
Kendall, Diane. 2006. Sociology in Our Times: The Essentials. 5th ed. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.