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Causes and consequences of intergenerational conflict as a social issue of “ageing” countries

Barsukov V.N.

5 (7), 2016

Barsukov V.N. Causes and consequences of intergenerational conflict as a social issue of “ageing” countries. Social area, 2016, no. 5 (7). URL: http://socialarea-journal.ru/article/2069?_lang=en

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The consequences of population ageing entail changes in both economic and social space. A permanent increase in the share of elderly people inevitably leads to the change in view of elderly people and their social role by the rest of society. The increased burden on the working-age population, the intensifying competition in the labor market among elderly and young people, the increase in budgetary expenditures on health and social welfare, the issue of fair redistribution of public resources is only a small part of consequences of population ageing, which are becoming a significant factor in the accumulation of social tension. The response of the society to the changes caused by age structure deformation due to population ageing may be manifested in negative forms such as ageism, gerontophobia and intergenerational conflicts. Thus, the purpose of this paper is to study the causes and consequences of intergenerational conflicts in modern society. The paper reviews the main factors in intergenerational conflicts, the areas of their manifestation, the motives and the level of involvement of different age groups. It is concluded that the manifestations of ageism and desocialization are typical for both young and elderly people; however, young people are more likely to cope with these consequences. In order to address the issue of intergenerational conflicts in the context of present-day realia it is necessary to adopt the law on anti-ageism, which does not exist in Russia. The second and most important is the issue of intergenerational communication. The reduction of communication distance between young and elderly people (at the family and society level) will improve the effectiveness of intergenerational communication and the intensity of transfer of social experience. In order to prevent discriminatory practices in society it is necessary to reconsider the socio-cultural paradigm of attitude towards old age and elderly people, which, in the author’s opinion, will change the stereotypical view of the social role of the older generation and their contribution to social development


young people, elderly people, ageism, intergenerational conflicts

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