Age stratification

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Age stratification exists because processes in society ensure that people of different ages differ in their access to society's rewards, power, and privileges.
—Age Stratification, Sociology: the essentials[1]

In critical sociology, age stratification refers to the hierarchical ranking of people into age groups within a society.[1]

Age stratification which is based on an ascribed status is a major source inequality, and thus may lead to ageism.[1][2]

Some of the advantages of Age Stratification are labour force calculation, estimating dependants, population growth estimation, forming appropriate government policies & planning (e.g. Budgeting more on health care when ageing population is found, increase university capacity to serve increasing numbers of young children) etc.

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  1. ^ a b c Andersen, Margaret L.; Taylor, Howard Francis (2006-02-22). Sociology: the essentials. Cengage Learning. pp. 87–88. ISBN 978-0-495-00683-1. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Palmore, Erdman Ballagh; Branch, Laurence G.; Harris, Diana K. (2005-07-05). Encyclopedia of ageism. Psychology Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7890-1890-8. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 

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