By John Macnicol

ISBN-10: 0511550561

ISBN-13: 9780511550560

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Age discrimination is a hugely topical factor in all industrialized societies. established upon precise learn, and adopting an interdisciplinary technique, this specified examine strains the heritage of the age discrimination debate in Britain and the U.S. because the Nineteen Thirties. It seriously analyzes the innovations of ageism in social family members and age discrimination in employment. Case-studies on generational fairness and healthiness care rationing by way of age are through an research of the British government's projects opposed to age discrimination in employment. The publication then lines the heritage of the talk on health and wellbeing prestige and outdated age.

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Clearly, it is much easier to identify the ‘protected group’ in cases of race and gender discrimination. Should positive discrimination in favour of older people be banned in a truly ‘age-neutral’ society? There are, of course, numerous instances in Britain – bus passes, subsidised public transport, free medical prescriptions and eye tests, additional tax relief (via the ‘age allowance’), special insurance policies, reduced admission to events and exhibitions, discounts in shops, concessionary offers that target the ‘grey market’, and so on.

For example, in 1930s Britain many trades unionists and pensioner groups protested that discrimination against older workers in 137 Graebner, History of Retirement, p. 250. 36 Age Discrimination the high-unemployment economically depressed areas was rife – notably, in the practice of imposing wage cuts on men aged 65þ equal to the amount of the old age pension (which then carried no retirement condition). 138 As will be shown in a future chapter, a common argument in 1950s Britain was that compulsory retirement ages were unjust, economically irrational and damaging to the physical and psychological well-being of men, who found the abrupt transition from the orderly world of the factory to enforced idleness too much to cope with.

73 An even lower incidence was revealed by the government’s Family and Working Lives Survey, conducted in 1994–5 for the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE): only some 5 per cent of those aged between 45 and 69 believed that they had ever been discriminated against on grounds of age when making job applications. 74 A major problem with all such surveys is that many ordinary citizens – understandably unversed in the complexities of long-run labour market change – may fall into the trap of assuming that the problems of older workers amount to clear evidence of discrimination.

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