Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare
Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

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Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand 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

  • understand how 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

  • understand how 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.


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