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The embedded nature of the retirement experience: a life course study

Birkett, Holly (2013) The embedded nature of the retirement experience: a life course study. Discussion Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham.

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This paper reports the results of a qualitative life course study examining manual and administrative worker’ experiences of retirement. The research highlights the increasingly complex, changing and embedded nature of retirement and, as such, takes a life course approach in order to better understand how retirement fits into, and is shaped by, the life course of individual respondents. The paper therefore aims to supplement existing research in this field by offering an in depth socially and temporally embedded understanding of the retirement experiences of a small group of non professional employees. In doing this the article highlights and evaluates the popular tendency to conceptualise retirement as either a time of opportunity or challenge. It is concluded that while retirees consistently draw on these popular discourses in the life stories they should not be regarded as a dualism, the embedded nature of retirement means the retirees often drew on both discourses simultaneously and on different discourses at different points in the life course.

Type of Work:Monograph (Discussion Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:25
Department:Birmingham Business School
Series/Collection Name:Birmingham Business School Discussion Paper Series
Keywords:retirement, life course, resources, bridging role, embedded.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Copyright Status:This discussion paper is copyright of the University, the author and/or third parties. The intellectual property rights in respect of this work are as defined by The Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 or as modified by any successor legislation. Any use made of information contained in this paper must be in accordance with that legislation and must be properly acknowledged. Copies of the paper may be distributed and quotations used for research and study purposes, with due attribution. However, commercial distribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
Copyright Holders:The Authors and the University of Birmingham
ID Code:1803

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