Call for the next issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 66, number 2/2018

This issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis will focus on the research of ageism related to all age groups.


In a wider sense, ageism means stereotyping, discrimination or unfair treatment based on a person’s age (under the same principle it can be applied also on a group). Highly prevalent under ageism we understand a complex and often negative social construction of old age. However, the term is also used to name prejudice and discrimination against adolescents and children, including ignoring their ideas because they are too young, or assuming that they should behave in certain ways because of their age.

The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler[1] to describe discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism. It can include the way that older people are represented in the media, which can have a wider impact on the public’s attitudes. No less important, it can also impact on someone’s confidence, job prospects, financial situation and quality of life. It has been pointed out that stigmatization does not only occur outside of the cohesively imagined group of the elderly but likewise takes place within the stigmatized group itself.
Concerning the connection of the research of age groups as well as ageism (in a wider or narrower sense): Ethnology, social and cultural anthropology did not particularly concentrate on the special phase of old age by the research of non-European societies. Even Margaret Clark wrote (1968) that the time span between marriage and death seems to be a monotonous field or "ethnographic vacuum"[2]. At the end of the 20th century, however, the situation began to change gradually.

The journal invites analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research reports, essays and discussions in the fields of ethnology, social and cultural anthropology and related scholarly disciplines, focused especially (not, however, exclusively) on the following issues:

  • Ageism at the structural and individual levels – different contexts of ageism (the workplace, health care, media, community, family etc.);
  • Institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about persons belonging to specific age groups;
  • Cultural reflections of causes of ageism;
  • Arts & Culture: How social media and visual culture are related to our view on specific age groups;
  • (Auto)biographical research, the role of narratives (giving voice perspective) in the area of ageism research;
  • Gendered ageism;
  • Age related stereotypes then become self-fulfilling prophecies. 

Submission guidelines: please follow the guidelines for submissions as given on the website of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis:
Final date for abstracts: 15. 11. 2017
Only authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit a full paper. An invitation to submit a full paper does not constitute a commitment for publication; all papers will be subject to anonymous peer review following the submission.
Final date for papers: 15. 2. 2018
Please send your abstracts and papers as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at: 

The issue of Slovak Ethnology will be supported by ISCH COST Action IS1402, Ageism - a multi-national, interdisciplinary perspective (

[1] Butler, R. N. (1969). "Age-ism: Another form of bigotry". The Gerontologist. 9 (4): 243 – 246.
[2] Clark, M. (1968). The anthropology of ageing: A new area for studies of culture and personality- in B. L. Neugarten (Ed.) Middle age and ageing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.