Abstract

Steven Mintz lays out some of the complex ways age functions, both to describe expected processes of maturation and to allot legal statuses and categories of responsibility. Like other scholars, he likens the category of age to that of gender as a way to organize power, but points out that age has less definitional power than gender and has undergone more change over time as a prescriptive system. He sees age, paradoxically, as gaining power as a prescriptive system while gender loses it.-M.S.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1941-3599
Print ISSN
1939-6724
Pages
pp. 91-94
Launched on MUSE
2008-03-19
Open Access
No
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