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Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare
Retirement, pensions, care homes – old age may not be as rosy as we think. This unit...
Retirement, pensions, care homes – old age may not be as rosy as we think. This unit looks at old age taking us from the Workhouse to the basic state pension. Why are people expected to stop work at a certain age and what impact does this have on their lives?
By the end of this unit you should be able to look at how:
- experiences of being an older person are shaped through a historical and mutually constitutive process involving an interplay between the personal, work and welfare; and the points of continuity and difference this interplay illuminates;
- personal experiences of being older are constituted not only through age divisions, but also through loci of social difference and inequality organised around class, (dis)ability, ethnicity, gender, ‘race’ and sexuality;
- different social theories – Marxist, feminist, Marxist-feminist and post-structuralist – have attempted to account for, and give shape to, the personal lives of older people.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 The experience of‘old age’
- 2 Making the ‘house’ into a ‘home’? The enduring legacy of the 1834 New Poor Law
- 3 Pensions policies: the making and remaking of old age through the intersections of work and welfare
- 4 From ‘OAP’ to ‘third age’ citizen? Fractured transitions and uncertain lives
- 5 Conclusion
- 6 Further resources
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Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare
In this unit we explore the way in which older age has been socially constructed, and focus particularly on how the identity of being an ‘old age pensioner’ (OAP) developed during the twentieth century.
This unit is an adapted extract from the course
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