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

Astrid Stuckelberger, Dominic Abrams and Philippe Chastonay

in From exclusion to inclusion in old age

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9781847427731
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847427731.003.0008
Age discrimination as a source of exclusion in Europe: the need for a human rights plan for older persons

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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

Chapter.  8164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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