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Cultural narratives and representations in Swedish law and media regarding age discrimination

Konferensbidrag (offentliggjort, men ej förlagsutgivet)
Författare Maria Edström
Eva-Maria Svensson
Publicerad i Cultural Narratives, Processes and Strategies in Representations of Age and Aging. Graz, Austria: 27-30 April
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG)
Juridiska institutionen
Centrum för åldrande och hälsa (AgeCap)
Språk en
Länkar www.agingstudies.eu/page/Graz_2017
Ämnesord Ageing, aging , journalism, age discrimination, Discrimination Act, Agecap,
Ämneskategorier Juridik och samhälle, Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap

Sammanfattning

This paper explores narratives on ageing in age discrimination court cases and how they are represented in media. Sweden is a welfare state, considered good place to grow old, ranked No 3 in Global Agewatch Index 2015. However, Sweden was one of the last countries in EU to adopt legislation against age discrimination. Age has been a ground for discrimination since 2009, and so far very few cases have been brought to action. These cases, together with the media coverage of the cases, and the newspaper reporting on the role of the Discrimination Ombudsman (DO), are the empirical material. The research questions are: - What narratives of age and employment become visible in the texts? - What other factors interacts with age, such as gender, profession and ethnicity? - How does these representations relate to the ongoing challenge to society labour availability for older people and the use/misuse of their human capital and competences? The approach is interdisciplinary and takes its starting point in the capability concept used in the transdisciplinary research platform Centre for Ageing and Health, AgeCap, at the University of Gothenburg. Capability can refer to the individual’s ability to perform actions in order to reach goals he or she has reason to value. Here, in this paper. Focus is on factors on a macro level; application of laws that affect working older people and representations of media of these issues. Together they form narratives of ageing and ageism (i.e. the relation between perceptions of age and discriminatory practices).

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