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

6 Further resources

Gilleard and Higgs (2000) more fully develop some of the ideas explored by Giddens (1994) in their useful and comprehensive introduction to post-structural readings of older age. Elder's (1977) life history account offers compelling insights into the intersections of class and gender through a socialist lens, and represents an early and interesting example of the life history and biographical method. Chamberlayne et al. (2000) provide comprehensive and thoughtful insights into biographical methods and their uses. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation's Transitions After 50 research series involves a number of investigations into different aspects of older people's lives. Information about this series is available from the Foundation's website. In terms of journals, Ageing and Society is an excellent source of up-to-date research on various aspects of older people's lives, and related academic debates. Work, Employment and Society and Critical Social Policy both occasionally report on research around older age.

A wide range of relevant Internet sites are also available, including (all websites were last accessed on 26 February 2008):

  • Joseph Rowntree Foundation –

  • Age Concern England –

  • Centre for Policy on Ageing –

  • The ESRC Growing Older Programme –

  • Ageing and Ethnicity Web –


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