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"Age is a social construct". How far do you agree with this statement?

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  • Essay length: 1797 words
  • Submitted: 13/01/2005
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GCSE Sociology

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"Age is a social construct".

How far do you agree with this statement?

The argument of age being a social construct discusses whether age is inclined to what we've learnt or its innate. This essay will discuss both aspects of age and come to a conclusion referring to the essay above.

Age generally refers to how old a person is, biologically, the biological process which brings about inevitable changes in outlook and behaviour, physical changes in the body, from teenage changes in hormones to elderly changes. However sociologists also point out that age is shaped by cultural norms and social factors, in different cultures age is viewed differently.

By 'social construction' sociologists refer to the way that labels or classification are not naturally occurring but they are categories that we create. Saying the age is socially constructed suggests that a persons chronological age is affected by societies norms attached to age groups which in turn means that each group is expected to behave a certain way and to have a certain role. Teenagers aren't expected to have a lot of responsibility and are expected to keep up with the latest trends, an adult would

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