Ableism and Ageism: Insights from Disability Studies for Aging Studies

In Kate de Medeiros, Marlene Goldman & Thomas Cole (eds.), Critical Humanities and Ageing: Forging Interdisciplinary Dialogues. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 118-29 (2022)
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[This piece is written for those working in social gerontology and aging studies, with the aim of bringing insights from disability studies and philosophy of disability to bear on enduring debates in those fields.] The guiding question of humanistic age-studies—What does it mean to grow old?—cannot be answered without reflecting on disability. This is not simply because growing old invariably means becoming impaired in various ways, but also because the discriminations and stigmas involved in ageism are often rooted in ableism. We here draw on research in the philosophy of disability as well as the interdisciplinary field of disability studies to explore the relationship between ageism and ableism.



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