By Malcolm Sargeant

This quantity of essays is worried with the discrimination opposed to older people who effects from a failure to know their variety. by means of contemplating the original combos of discrimination that come up from the interrelationship of age and gender, pensions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic classification and incapacity, the individuals display that the discrimination suffered is a number of in nature. it's the mix of those features that results in the necessity for extra complicated methods of tackling age discrimination.

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1968. Identity: Youth and Crisis. New York: Norton European Network of Legal Experts in the Field of Gender Equality 2009. Multiple Discrimination in EU Law: Opportunities for Legal Responses to Intersectional Gender Discrimination? Brussels: European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Friedan, B. 1963. The Feminine Mystique. New York: Dell Publishing Co. Fuss, D. 1989. Essentially Speaking: Feminism, Nature and Difference. New York: Routledge Gaertner, S.

T]he struggle to end racism and the struggle to end sexism were naturally intertwined . . to make them separate was to deny a basic truth of our existence, that race and sex are both immutable facets of human identity. (hooks 1981: 12) By the late 1980s and early 1990s feminists’ ‘tendency to posit an essential “womanness” that all women have and share in common despite . . 11 In her book Inessential Woman, Elizabeth Spelman presented a comprehensive philosophical analysis of the problems essentialist feminist theories leave unexamined.

Thus, for example, discrimination against ethnic minority women is understood as consisting of discrimination on grounds of sex plus ethnicity. According to this concept, a person may be discriminated against on several grounds in a single instance, but the role of the different grounds can still be distinguished (European Network of Legal Experts 2009: 3). However, this view of discrimination is precisely the one that anti-essentialist feminists criticised and which led to Crenshaw’s development of the concept of intersectional discrimination.

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