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Older Workers in Transition: European Experiences in a Neoliberal Era

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More people are extending their paid working lives through necessity or choice in the context of increasingly precarious labour markets. As a result, the importance of job transitions in older age has grown significantly. This book goes beyond aggregated statistics to explore the lived experiences of older people attempting to make job transitions in European countries. The opening two chapters in Part 1 explore the changing historical and policy context, with statistics on changing job transitions from 16 countries supplementing the discussion. It is argued that job transitions today must be understood in the context of neoliberal responsibilisation, which shifts responsibility onto the older person to ‘choose’ to take whatever job opportunities are available to them. Country chapters in Part 2 draw on qualitative research to examine how older people seek to navigate a range of transitions in this context, often under conditions of adversity. These chapters cover job redeployment/mobility in the UK and Sweden, temporary employment in Belgium, unemployment in Italy, employment beyond pension age in Germany and the UK, and transitions to retirement in Ireland. The concluding chapter in Part 3 discusses the findings and contribution of the book in light of arguments about neo-liberal responsibilisation, drawing together qualitative evidence from across the book as a whole. This book makes an important contribution to be debates on employment and retirement in older age and is essential reading for scholars from social gerontology, management, sociology, social policy and public administration.

Publication metadata

Editor(s): Lain D, Vickerstaff S, van-der-Horst M

Publication type: Edited Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title:

Year: 2022

Number of Pages: 214

Print publication date: 12/09/2022

Acceptance date: 18/02/2022

Publisher: Bristol University Press

Place Published: Bristol, UK


DOI: 10.51952/9781529215021

Notes: Publication date: 12th September

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ISBN: 9781529215007