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Chapter 11 - Chapter 11: Inequalities of Age movies portray...

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Inequalities of Age - movies portray conflicts b/t aging and young o all about eve, the godfather - social aspects in terms of race and class o driving miss daisy - unforgiven = aging gunfighter w/ last job - crouching tiger hidden dragon = conflict b/t women of different ages Age Cohorts 1. Lump groups of individuals together that are approximately the same age a. Generations, exactly same age, 5-10 year periods, etc. 2. Group moving through society at same period of time 3. Societies influence on them should be relatively similar 4. Experience common effects from society 5. Baby boomers = most of our parents a. Children = baby boom echo b. Have moved through much of live force c. Large # of individuals part of the cohort d. Much attention to education b/c of so many children e. Now, baby boomer are about to retire i. Problems w/ social security, medicare, prescription drugs, etc. ii. These now issues of concern, not education any more 6. Elderly vote in the largest segments than any other group in the US The Dependency Ratio 1. The number of individuals in a society that are considered dependent on others as a ratio of those who support them a. Talking about the young and the old b. Under 16 and over 64 basically 2. The higher the dependency ration, the more individuals are needed to support those people 3. Concern is how much extra a person has to support besides themselves 4. Supporting: a. Extremely young population – healthcare for kids, education (underdeveloped nations) b. Older population – retirement, healthcare, etc (more developed nations) Aging and the Elderly 1. The Graying of the United States a. Senior citizens – over 65 i. Largest increase in population size over past 20 years ii. Currently about 12% of population is over 65 iii. Many factors affect this growth: 1. aging baby boomers 2. increase in life expectancy a. Life expectancy – how long individuals are expected to live based on social and environmental conditions i. changes b. Life span – length of life (80-85 years) i. Doesn’t change much 3. higher standard of living b. Economic institutions i. As societies age, smaller proportion of population in work force ii. Two options w/ less workforce
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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