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Retirement and responsibilisation – Current narratives about the end of working life

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This concluding chapter discusses the findings and contribution of the book. It first elaborates on why the concept of bridge jobs used extensively in previous research is problematic for the purpose of making sense of job transitions. It then draws on qualitative evidence from the country chapters to explore key themes from the book. It looks at why job transitions in older age must be understood in the context of neoliberal responsibilization and ‘appeals to freedom’. The chapter then explores ‘psychological reactance’ as a means of understanding older workers’ job transitions. Next, it looks in more depth at the constraints on individuals exercising control over the transitions they make and the inequalities that result. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the theoretical and empirical contributions of the book to the literature, and how it can inform future research on job transitions in older age.

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

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

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Older Workers in Transition: European Experiences in a Neoliberal Era

Year: 2022

Pages: 183–193

Print publication date: 12/09/2022

Online publication date: 12/09/2022

Acceptance date: 18/02/2022

Series Title: Rethinking Work, Ageing and Retirement

Publisher: Bristol University Press

Place Published: Bristol


DOI: 10.51952/9781529215021.ch009

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ISBN: 9781529215007