Europe is ageing. However, in many European countries, and in almost all fields of life, older persons experience discrimination, social exclusion, and negative stereotypes that portray them as different or a burden to society. This pivotal book is the first of its kind, providing a rich and diverse analysis of the inter-relationships between ageing, ageism and law within Europe.
Throughout the book – which builds on a European Cooperation in Science & Technology (COST) action – leading scholars offer theoretical and empirical analysis in order to discern the role European law plays in perpetuating and combating ageism. Including specific examples of how stereotypes and prejudices influence and shape the European legal system, the book contributes to the broader current global social movement towards advancing a new international human rights convention for older persons.
Timely and engaging, this book will appeal to students and scholars of law, sociology, public policy and a wide range of related fields including gerontology, human rights, and health studies. Practitioners, policy-makers, civil society organizations and senior citizens activists will also benefit from the insights into the socio-legal aspects of social policies and human rights of older persons.
'This is an excellent collection of essays from some of the leading scholars on ageing and the law. It brings new insights from around Europe on one of the great issues of the day. Protecting the rights of older people is a core issue facing any legal system and this collection provides essential tools to ensure that the law enables us to have a flourishing old age.'
– Jonathan Herring, University of Oxford, UK
'A ground-breaking, stimulating, and beautifully curated collection that will become the leading book in this urgently important and under-discussed area of the law.'
– Charles Foster, University of Oxford, UK
'Ageing, Ageism and the Law offers insightful commentary on the issues of ageing, ageism and discrimination from various perspectives. The book provides the reader with a deeper understanding of the issues as the authors delve into their topics with insightfulness. This thought-provoking book is a welcome addition to the field and advances the discourse on this significant issue.'
– Rebecca C. Morgan, Stetson University, College of Law, US
Contributors: P. de Hert, M. De Pauw, I. Doron, N. Georgantzi, A. Gur, R. Harding, E. Mantovani, T. Mattsson, B. Miko³ajczyk, A. Numhauser-Henning, G. Quinn, P. Quinn, B. Sleap, B. Spanier, J. Watson.
Edited by Israel (Issi) Doron, Head of the Center for Research and Study of Aging, Department of Gerontology, University of Haifa, Israel and Nena Georgantzi, Human Rights Officer, AGE Platform Europe, Belgium and PhD Fellow, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland.