Social Construction of Vulnerable Populations: The Case of Age in the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This article explores the role of social construction in public administrators’ differential treatment of older Americans as a vulnerable population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis compares differences in how both federal and state web sites reacted to information that increased age and male sex correlated with negative COVID-19 outcomes and relates these differences in presentation to hegemonic constructions of each group.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)178-191
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Administration Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


  • Social construction
  • age discrimination
  • intersectionality

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