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Old Age and Population Ageing

5. Age Discrimination and Protest

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In this module, we think about ageist discrimination and older people’s resistance to this. We focus on: (i) discrimination in employment, wherein older people are often not given job opportunities and training due to the assumption that they are unable to learn new skills; (ii) the lower priority given to older people in access to healthcare, and the deep-rooted nature of this inequality as far back as the Beveridge Report; (iii) some key incidents of protest, such as the Women Against State Pension Inequality campaign; (iv) the 2010 Equality Act, which legally prohibited ageist discrimination for the first time.


In this course, Professor Pat Thane (Birkbeck, University of London) explores population ageing, its causes and impacts, policies related to it, and the place of older people in society. In the first module, we look at the historical process of population ageing and the first policies around old age in the early 1900s. In the second, we think about the welfare state and its effects on older people’s lives, in terms of state pensions, the National Health Service, and social care. The third module surveys policies related to population ageing from the 1970s to the present, and the fourth outlines some stereotypes and realities about older people. We conclude with a module on ageist discrimination in employment and healthcare, and the ways in which older people have protested this.


Professor Pat Thane is Visiting Professor in History at Birkbeck, University of London. She researches twentieth century British history, with a focus on social policy. Her recent publications include Divided Kingdom: A History of Britain, 1900 to the Present (2018), Sinners? Scroungers? Saints? Unmarried Motherhood in Twentieth Century England (2012) (with Tanya Evans) and Happy Families? History and Family Policy (2011).

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