LifeCourse and Ageism
HowLife Course differs from one Culture to Another
Life course is an approach developed to analyze people’s lives in asocial, structural, and cultural context. The succession of thedifferent stages of life marks the life course (Hunt, 2016). The lifecourse approach is characterized by fundamental principles ofempirical application from a cross-cultural to an internationalcultural perspective. This transition is a discrete event that mustoccur in every person’s life. For example, there is a transitionfrom single status to married.
Geographicallocation influences the life course. The developmental path of anindividual is embedded and controlled by the events occurring in theperson’s life. For example, single mothers in South Korea struggleto eliminate a social stigma in their geographic location. Despitethe fact that South Korea has made tremendous strides in the economy,it has to pull up on the concept of nontraditional families. Theunwed ladies are discriminated at the work place, ostracized bymembers of the society while trying to nurture their children(Antonucci & Jackson, 2015). In contrast to the United Statessingle mothers, who are accepted by the community and encouraged.This brings a difference in the course of life between the twocultures.
PracticalSolution to Ageism
EstablishPolicies that Fight Ageism Discrimination
The most likely solution is to treat ageism like racism or sexism. Itshould be advocated that discrimination is not acceptable in thesociety and those who discriminate should be prosecuted (Perdue &Gurtman, 2014). (Levy & Macdonald, 2016). In addition, labelingindividuals as elderly should be avoided.
Mentoring helps in creating a good social environment. There shouldbe flow of information from upward and downwards regardless of theage in the society.
Ageism isan attitude which can be eliminated through education (Levy &Macdonald, 2016). The community should be educated and encouraged todevelop a positive attitude towards the aging. In addition,stereotypes should be eliminated.
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Perdue, C. W., & Gurtman, M. B. (2014). Evidence for theautomaticity of ageism. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology,26(3), 199-216.
Levy, S. R., & Macdonald, J. L. (2016). Progress on understandingageism. Journal of Social Issues, 72(1), 5-25.