Organizing Age

Paperback | June 12, 2011

byStephen Fineman

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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 mold 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; and the impact of the economic recession in challenging some of our assumptionsabout age as the growing 'grey' population becomes increasingly politicized. Organizing Age provides an accessible introduction to the current and emerging themes around this topic, which will be invaluable resource for students, academics, and policy makers.

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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 mold the behaviours of young and old alike, and are used as political tools by policy makers and managers.Organizing Age asks the perennial question - ca...

Throughout a distinguished career, Professor Fineman has written extensively in journals, monographs, and textbooks on the political and emotional features of life in organizations. He has been at the forefront of introducing critical, constructionist approaches to the study of organizations in works such as Emotion in Organizations (...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:June 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199578052

ISBN - 13:9780199578054

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Why Age?2. Age Work3. Generations4. Ageism5. Capturing Age Cohorts6. Retirement7. A New Age?