From Ills to Words: A Socio-Historical Approach to the “Over-45 Cohort” (1914–1939)

The Rise of the Officers
By Nathalie Hugot-Piron

The current designation of the “senior managers” is the product of a social construction elaborated by a professional group to address the aging of its members. This collective development was organized thanks to the production of several discursive cycles dating back to the nineteenth century. This language production was subsequently developed throughout the twentieth century, at the heart of a trade union debate aimed at protecting certain categories of individuals in the course of their career, such as “youth”, “women”, and the “elderly”.


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