The Social Construction of Work and Retirement: Changing Transitions and 'Work-Endings'

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The chapter examines the various influences shaping the transition from work to retirement, including: the institutionalisation of retirement in the 1950s and 1960s; changes affecting work and retirement in the 1970s and 1980s; and the reconstruction of work and retirement from the 1990s with attempts to extend working life. The chapter provides a critical assessment of the public policy implications of these developments.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOlder Workers in Transition
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Experiences in a Neoliberal Era
EditorsDavid Lain, Sarah Vickerstaff, Mariska Van Der Horst
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781529215014
ISBN (Print)9781529215007
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameRethinking Work, Ageing and Retirement
PublisherBristol University Press


  • Work
  • Retirement
  • Extending Working Life
  • precarious employment
  • inequalities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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