Compulsory Youthfulness: Intersections of Ableism and Ageism in “Successful Aging” Discourses

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Hailee M. Gibbons


ageism, ableism, intersectionality


This article forwards the theory of compulsory youthfulness as a way to explore how ableism, ageism, and other systems of oppression intersect to produce the societal mandate that people must remain youthful and non-disabled throughout the life course, particularly in a cultural context that holds successful aging as an ideal.
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