Age discrimination in turbulent times

Thornton, Margaret and Luker, Trish (2010) Age discrimination in turbulent times. Griffith Law Review, 19 2: 141-171.

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Author Thornton, Margaret
Luker, Trish
Title Age discrimination in turbulent times
Journal name Griffith Law Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-3441
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 141
End page 171
Total pages 31
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Concerns about the ramifications of a rapidly ageing population have generally focused on the post-retirement period, with limited scholarly attention to the experience of ageism in the workplace. Despite a shift in policy against early retirement, ʻolder workersʼ — who may be as young as 40 — are disproportionately experiencing age discrimination, often resulting in joblessness. We argue that in a postmodern environment, where the culture of ʻyouthismʼ predominates, the workplace is undergoing significant changes. In the new knowledge economy, characterised by technological knowhow, flexibility and choice, traditional values such as maturity, experience and loyalty have become passé. Drawing on Australian complaints and reported decisions of age discrimination in the workplace in the context of the international literature, we demonstrate the variety of forms ageism is taking. We argue that age discrimination legislation reflects an outdated modernist paradigm that fails to address the experience of older workers. In addition, as part of the culture of youthism, work is now being gauged by its capacity to create an aesthetic of pleasure.
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