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Age is the silent shaper of work organizations and their human resource practices. It has become a potent feature of how society is structured and how it views itself. Age assumptions mould the behaviours of young and old alike, and are used as political tools by policy makers and managers. Organizing Age asks the perennial question - can age ever not matter?
Drawing on range of social scientific and popular writings, this book casts a critical eye over the social construction and politicization of age in and beyond organizations. Amongst other topics, it discusses: the historical roots of age in society; how we 'perform' our age in different settings; the social impact of defining age groups as generations; ageism; the effect of an age-cluster on an organization's processes and members' experience; the rituals of retirement and the birth of the
retirement industry; the impact of economic recession in challenging some of our assumptions about age; and the increasing politicization of the growing 'grey' population.
Organizing Age provides an accessible introduction to the current and emerging themes around this topic, which will be an invaluable resource for students, academics, and policy makers.
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Provides a broad perspective on the ways in which age is defined in various disciplines and various points in history... the book fills a literature gap, and it does so in a way which most people would find approachable and at times entertaining ... Organizing Age is welcomed as it paves the way for a greater understanding of how we view age and will be valuable in breaking down the barriers of ageism. * Elaine Alden, Ageing and Society * Timely and relevant ... a valuable contribution to a field of study that is attracting more and more scholarly attention, rightly so. I recommend this text as an essential read for anyone interested in this topic area, but also as a supplementary text on academic courses that adopt a critical perspective on analysing aspects of individual difference in the workplace, and how these are managed by organizations. * Nick Rumens, Management Learning * The question that Fineman poses at the end of the chapter on retirement: Is it time to shift our thinking about the relationship between work and retirement and, indeed, the very validity of retirement as a construct? (p. 130) encapsulates what is really good about this book. Fineman offers us a broad brush view of the way in which age is socially constructed and proffers some simulating questions that could help frame new research into the organization of ageing or
deepen existing investigations ... but for students, academics and policy makers who are interested in exploring age beyond a simplistic view of age as chronological and generational markers then this is a must read. * Leanne Cutcher, Organization * Fineman mixes popular and social scientific thinking, often insightfully and thoughtfully ... he demonstrates well ageisms pervasiveness, influence and neglect by social science. * Ian Glover, Work, Employment and Society *