Age Discrimination: An Historical and Contemporary Analysis by John Macnicol

By John Macnicol

Age discrimination is a hugely topical factor in all industrialized societies. dependent upon distinctive study, and adopting an interdisciplinary method, this distinct learn strains the background of the age discrimination debate in Britain and the U.S. because the Nineteen Thirties. It significantly analyzes the ideas of ageism in social family members and age discrimination in employment. Case-studies on generational fairness and wellbeing and fitness care rationing through age are by means of an research of the British government's projects opposed to age discrimination in employment. The ebook then lines the historical past of the talk on wellbeing and fitness prestige and outdated age.

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139 Some researchers even investigated how far age discrimination was to blame. 140 In 1951, Wilbur J. 142 However, there has also been a long debate on whether the labour market problems of older workers are really the result of ‘discrimination’ in the accepted sense of the term, or of other factors – notably their concentration in long-established industrial sectors (which tend to 138 139 140 141 142 Macnicol, Politics of Retirement, pp. 229–31, 254–64; John Benson, Prime Time. A History of the Middle Aged in Twentieth-century Britain (1997), pp.

29–50. ), Work, Health and Income Among the Elderly (1987), p. 104. See also: Stephen H. Sandell, ‘Introduction’, in Sandell, The Problem, p. 8; Leslie Hannah, Inventing Retirement: the Development of Occupational Pensions in Britain (1986), p. 124. ), Growing Old in the Twentieth Century (1989), pp. 43–61; Pat Thane, Old Age in English History. Past Experiences, Present Issues (2000), pp. 404–6; Jessica Bone and Samantha Mercer, Flexible Retirement (2000), p. 5. 40 Age Discrimination the past, retirement was confined to a small wealthy minority, now all can enjoy it.

Empirical surveys have thus thrown up somewhat contradictory verdicts on the extent of age discrimination in employment. We cannot therefore be sure of its ‘true’ extent, which may be greater, or smaller, than what is revealed by surveys. Of course, even if it is a less-than-accurate explanatory term, ‘age discrimination’ may still be a useful catch-all, heuristic device. 81 A final difficulty is that rigorous performance appraisal for job competence (replacing mandatory retirement) could be subtly designed to discriminate against older employees (although if an analysis of such testing proved that older employees were more likely to be dismissed, adverse impact would be demonstrated).

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