Intersectionality and age

Authored by: Toni Calasanti , Neal King

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033

10.4324/9780203097090.ch25

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Abstract

Social gerontologists often misunderstand intersectionality, equating it with attention to diversity or difference. However, an intersectional approach moves us beyond observation of difference to specify relations of inequality between groups. Though it implies diverse experiences of ageing, intersectionality does not designate independent groups to be studied separately, but instead relates groups, in terms of institutionalized activities that maintain inequality.

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