Retiring Women

Work and Post-work Transitions

Philip Taylor ,

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Retiring Women: Work and Post-work Transitions

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This book considers what work and retirement mean for older women, how each is experienced, and how working fits with other facets of their lives. The authors draw on data collected from women themselves, employers, industry stakeholders and older workers’ advocates, to explore older women’s experiences of work and retirement against a backdrop of current policy efforts to extend working lives in response to ageing societies.

Contrary to common representations of the situation of older workers, the data reveal how workplaces can be seen as relatively benign, and retirement viewed positively. It contributes to academic debate regarding identity, purpose and meaning in later life, identifying challenges for work-focused public policy.

Students and scholars of human resource management, sociology, gerontology and social policy will appreciate the extension of understanding older women’s life course trajectories that the book offers. Public policy-makers will benefit from the different representations of older women in the book, and the identification of where they would benefit from policy changes.

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