Ageism: Prejudice Against Our Feared Future Self

  title={Ageism: Prejudice Against Our Feared Future Self},
  author={Todd D. Nelson},
  journal={Journal of Social Issues},
Fo r decades, researchers have discovered much about how humans automatically categorize others in social perception. Some categorizations—race, gender, and age—are so automatic that they are termed “primitive categories.” As we categorize, we often develop stereotypes about the categories. Researchers know much about racism and sexism, but comparatively little about prejudicing and stereotyping based on age. The articles in this issue highlight the current empirical and theoretical work by… Expand

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