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From exclusion to inclusion in old ageA global challenge$
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Thomas Scharf and Norah C. Keating

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427731

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427731.001.0001

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Age discrimination as a source of exclusion in Europe: the need for a human rights plan for older persons

Age discrimination as a source of exclusion in Europe: the need for a human rights plan for older persons

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(p.125) Eight Age discrimination as a source of exclusion in Europe: the need for a human rights plan for older persons
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From exclusion to inclusion in old age
Author(s):

Astrid Stuckelberger

Dominic Abrams

Philippe Chastonay

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847427731.003.0008

In addressing age discrimination, a major driver of exclusion in later life, Astrid Stuckelberger, Dominic Abrams and Philippe Chastonay examine steps being taken in Europe and through the United Nations to create a 'society for all ages'. The chapter reviews core processes of discrimination and exclusion based on old age, such as ageism, stigmatisation and stereotyping, and moves on to highlight the extent to which European citizens perceive ageism and age discrimination to be problematic. In terms of legislative responses to age discrimination, the EU has led the way internationally in outlawing different forms of discrimination in the workplace. However, loopholes in the legislative framework need to be filled if the risks of employment-related exclusion are to be minimised. Moreover, despite a range of UN initiatives in recent years, the authors suggest that relatively little progress has been made. As a result, many older people around the world are continuing to experience disadvantage.

Keywords:   Age discrimination, Ageism, Human rights, Ageing, Older people, Social exclusion

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