Ageism at Work: Deconstructing Age and Gender in the Discriminating Labour Market

By Ellie Berger

© 2021

The Canadian population is aging, bringing with it an increasing number of social and economic challenges. With the aging of the workforce, the reconceptualization of older workers and retirement, the increasing share of women in the labour force, the elimination of mandatory retirement, the fluctuating economy, and the changes to the pension system, barriers to employment for older workers, such as ageism, need to be of central concern.

Ageism at Work examines the subjective experiences of older workers in Canada and explores how they negotiate ageism and manage their interactions in the employment setting. Ellie D. Berger looks at the intersection between age and gender and the pervasiveness of gendered ageism in the labour market. Finally, this book examines employers’ attitudes toward older workers quantitatively, while also exploring their firsthand accounts about them through qualitative inquiry. Understanding how ageism plays out in the labour market, how it intersects with sexism, and its consequences on a personal level are critical to moving the discussion on discrimination and human rights forward in Canada.

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Ageism at Work looks at how ageism plays out in the labour market and how it intersects with sexism from the perspective of both older workers and employers.

Ageism at Work: Deconstructing Age and Gender in the Discriminating Labour Market

By Ellie Berger

© 2021

The Canadian population is aging, bringing with it an increasing number of social and economic challenges. With the aging of the workforce, the reconceptualization of older workers and retirement, the increasing share of women in the labour force, the elimination of mandatory retirement, the fluctuating economy, and the changes to the pension system, barriers to employment for older workers, such as ageism, need to be of central concern.

Ageism at Work examines the subjective experiences of older workers in Canada and explores how they negotiate ageism and manage their interactions in the employment setting. Ellie D. Berger looks at the intersection between age and gender and the pervasiveness of gendered ageism in the labour market. Finally, this book examines employers’ attitudes toward older workers quantitatively, while also exploring their firsthand accounts about them through qualitative inquiry. Understanding how ageism plays out in the labour market, how it intersects with sexism, and its consequences on a personal level are critical to moving the discussion on discrimination and human rights forward in Canada.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Ellie Berger is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Nipissing University.
  • Table of contents

    Foreword
    Acknowledgements
    1. Exploring Ageism
    2. Organizational and Personal Characteristics Influencing Employers’ Attitudes Toward Older Workers
    3. “Prejudice is Always Just Under the Surface”: Older Workers’ Perceptions of Ageism in the Labour Market
    4. “I Feel Like a Castaway; Like an Old Shoe That is of No Use Anymore”: Aging Identities
    5. “The One Thing You Need is Your Bottle of Dye”: Managing Age Discrimination in the Job Search
    6. “If Someone’s Looking Creaky and Shaky…You Don’t Hire Them”: Employers’ Qualitative Accounts about Older Workers
    7. Reflections on Ageism at Work: Conclusions and Implications
    References
    Appendix


    List of Figures
    Figure 1. Older Workers’ Labour Market Experiences

    List of Tables
    Table 1.  Sociodemographic Characteristics of Sample in Study #1: Employer Survey
    Table 2.  Frequency Distributions on Positive and Negative Attitudinal Statements About Older Workers
    Table 3.  Factor Structure for Employers’ Attitudes Toward Older Workers
    Table 4.  Means [standard deviations] from ANOVAs and t-tests on Characteristics of Employers
    Table 5.  Sociodemographic Characteristics of Sample in Study #2: Older Worker Interviews
    Table 6.  Sociodemographic Characteristics of Sample in Study #3: Older Worker Survey
    Table 7.  Sociodemographic Characteristics of Sample in Study #4: Employer Interviews

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