Stereotyping and Prejudice against Older Persons
Edited by Todd D. Nelson

Along with race and gender, people commonly use age to categorize—and form stereotypes about—others. Of the three categories, age is the only one in which the members of the in-group (the young) will eventually join the out-group (the old). Although ageism is found cross-culturally, it is especially prevalent in the United States, where most people regard growing older with depression, fear, and anxiety. Older people in the United States are stigmatized and marginalized, with often devastating consequences.

Although researchers have paid a great deal of attention to racism and sexism, there has been a dearth of research on ageism. A major reason for this neglect is that age prejudice is still considered socially acceptable. As baby boomers approach retirement age, however, there has been increased academic and popular interest in aging. This volume presents the current thinking on age stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination by researchers in gerontology, psychology, sociology, and communication. The book presents theoretical and empirical findings on the origins and effects of ageism, as well as suggestions on how to reduce ageism for the approaching "graying of America."

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Contributors
  3. I. Origins of Ageism
  4. 1. Doddering But Dear: Process, Content, and Function in Stereotyping of Older Persons

    Amy J. C. Cuddy and Susan T. Fiske

  5. 2. Ageism: Denying the Face of the Future

    Jeff Greenberg, Jeff Schimel, and Andy Mertens

  6. 3. Implicit Ageism

    Becca R. Levy and Mahzarin R. Banaji

  7. 4. A Social-Developmental View of Ageism

    Joann M. Montepare and Leslie A. Zebrowitz

  8. II. Effects of Ageism
  9. 5. Attitudes toward Older Adults

    Mary E. Kite and Lisa Smith Wagner

  10. 6. Ageism in the Workplace: A Communication Perspective

    Robert McCann and Howard Giles

  11. 7. Ageist Behavior

    Monisha Pasupathi and Corinna E. LÖckenhoff

  12. 8. The Paradox of Well-Being, Identity Process, and Stereotype Threat: Ageism and Its Potential Relationships to the Self in Later Life

    Susan Krauss Whibourne and Joel R. Sneed

  13. III. Reducing Ageism and Future Directions
  14. 9. Acting Your Age

    Sarit A. Golub, Allan Flipowicz, and Ellen J. Langer

  15. 10. Will Families Support Their Elders? Answers from Across Cultures

    Sik Hung Ng

  16. 11. Reducing Ageism

    Valerie Braithwaite

  17. 12. Thirty Years of Ageism Research

    Jody A. Wilkinson and Kenneth F. Ferraro

  18. Index