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examine literature on the oppression of elderly people

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  • Essay length: 2828 words
  • Submitted: 02/10/2009
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Till only recently there has been a growing awareness about the marginalization of the elderly within Australian society. Moving away from traditional groups of oppressed people such as migrants or the poor, victimization of the elderly has often been invisible, due to various reasons including institutional, political, economical, and cultural inequality. The purpose of this text to explore numerous literature on the oppression of old people within Australian society. I have chosen to examine this issue by examining a broad range of perspectives including oppression in terms of criminal, cultural, institutional, political and economical perspectives in addition to examining literature within empowerment and human rights context. By reading on such a vast array of literature I have been forced to challenge the various perspectives enhancing my own understanding of the marginalization of the elderly.

The first book I have used in my research is titled "Abuse and maltreatment of the elderly". Published in 1983 by Jordan Kosberg, the author takes a broad approach in understanding relevant facets of the oppression of old people issue. The intent of the book is to 'recognise', 'understand' and outline 'solutions' as it provides "an overview of the causes and consequences of

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