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Sociology chapter 11

Activity theory An interactionist theory of againg that argues that elderly people who remain active and socially involved will be best adjusted
Ageism prejudice and discrimination based on a person's age
Disengagement theory A functionalist theory of aging that contends that society and the aging individual mutually sever many of their relationships
Expressiveness A term used to refer to concern for maintenance of harmony and the internal emotional affairs of the family
Gender roles Expectations regarding the proper behavior, attitudes, and activities of males and females
Gerontology The scientific study of the sociological and psychological aspects of aging and the problems of the aged
Glass ceiling An invisible barrier that blocks the promotion of a qualified individuals in a work environment because of the individual's gender, race, or etchnicity
Homphobia Fear of and prejudice against homosexuality
Institutional discrimination The denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups that results from the normal operations of a society
Instrumentality A term used to refer to emphasis on tasks, focus on more distant goals, and a concern for the external relationship between one's family and other social institutions
Second shift The double burden work outside the home followed by child care and house work that many women face and few men share equitably
Sexism The ideology that one sex is superior to the other
Sexual harassment Behavior that occurs when work benefits are made contingent on sexual favors (as a quid pro quo), or when touching, lewd comments, or exhibition of pornographic material creates a "hostile environment" in the work place