Adultism in the Law

This is an article about adultism in the polices, rules and laws that govern towns, cities, states, provinces and nations.

Defeating Adultism

Our society is deeply entrenched in adultism, which is bias towards adults and consequently, discrimination against young people. It is prevalent throughout the institutions of our society. In order to re-negotiate adultism, we have to identify what support has to exist throughout society. I call this support “scaffolding”. I call this re-negotiating “youth integration”. Youth integration will […]

Institutional Adultism

Institutional adultism may be apparent in any instance of systemic bias where formalized limitations or demands are placed on people simply because of their young age. These limitations are often reinforced through physical force or police actions. This is increasingly seen as a form of gerontocracy, explained by James Carville when he wrote, “This is […]

Internalized Adultism

Internalized adultism is the deeply personal attitude of children, youth and adults that is biased towards adults. In his booklet called, Adults as Allies, [PDF] Barry Checkoway of the University of Michigan School of Social Work writes that internalized adultism causes youth to “question their own legitimacy, doubt their ability to make a difference…” and perpetuate […]

Introduction to Adultism

Definition of Adultism There are three parts to the complete definition of adultism, from Adam Fletcher’s book Facing Adultism: Adultism is favoring adults by dismissing young people. It is also the addiction to the attitudes, ideas, beliefs, and actions of adults. Because adultism is bias towards adults, it inherently and obviously leads to discrimination against children and youth. […]