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Identity And Age1

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Identity And Age1

  1. 1. Identity and Age<br />Child<br />Youth<br />Middle - Age<br />Elderly<br />Each of the above is a stage of life. For each one write down what biological/physical features you would associate with each one. Think about how they look and what they would be likely to be able to do/not do.<br />
  2. 2. Watch the clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2dsfwHjCTM&feature=related (1min 40 – 5mins) and whilst it is on be thinking about if and why the people on it seem odd at all.<br />What is odd about them – the way they look, the way they dress, act speak etc.<br />
  3. 3. Social Construction<br />Many sociologists say that “age” is a social construction.<br />They agree of course that there are some biological differences associated with different stages of life – but....<br />.. Our identity is mostly affected by how people respond to our age and physical/biological age, and not by our own responses and reactions to our age.<br />Many pensioners are as physically and mentally capable as younger people but are generally treated as if they are inferior in both respects.<br />
  4. 4. Social Constructions of Age<br />
  5. 5. Use the notes I have given you to produce a piece of work on each of the four stages of life as outlined by sociologists.<br />It is up to you how to produce and present it – plain notes, poster, revision cards etc. but try wherever possible to include references to what specific sociologists or perspectives say about each one.<br />

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