Reduced to curtain twitchers? Age, ageism and the careers of four women actors

Jayne Raisborough, Susan Watkins, Rachel Connor, Natalie Pitimson

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    Cultural gerontology has developed critical work around cultural representations of age and aging and their role in the reproduction of ageism. However, the cultural industries as producers and disseminators of representations remain under researched. This paper draws on a focus group with four older women actors to argue that workforce allocation and assumptions about audience demographics intersect with cultural attitudes around women’s aging to impact on older women actors’ career opportunities. We argue that ageism within the cultural industries is limiting our ability to develop diverse and non-ageist cultural representation of women’s aging.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-12
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Women and Aging
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2021

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    • Ageism
    • Actors
    • Cultural Industries
    • Roles
    • actors
    • roles
    • cultural industries


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