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    The Netherworld between Work and Retirement

    McGann, Michael and Kimberley, Helen and Bowman, Dina and Biggs, Simon (2016) The Netherworld between Work and Retirement. Social Policy and Society, 15 (4). pp. 625-636. ISSN 1474-7464

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    A major theme within social gerontology is how retirement 'is being re-organised, if not undone'. Institutional supports for retirement are weakening, with pension ages rising in many countries. Increasing numbers of older workers are working past traditional retirement age on a part-time or self-employed basis, and a growing minority are joining the ranks of the long-term unemployed. Drawing upon narrative interviews with older Australians who are involuntarily non-employed or underemployed, this article explores how the 'unravelling' of retirement is experienced by a group of older workers on the periphery of the labour market. While policy makers hope that higher pension ages will lead to a longer period of working life, the risk is that older workers, especially those experiencing chronic insecurity in the labour market, will be caught in a netherworld between work and retirement.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: McGann, M., Kimberley, H., Bowman, D., & Biggs, S. (2016). The Netherworld between Work and Retirement. Social Policy and Society, 15(4), 625-636. doi:10.1017/S147474641600021X
    Keywords: older workers; long-term unemployment; early exit; precarity;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, MUSSI
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology
    Item ID: 13029
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    Depositing User: Michael McGann
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 15:55
    Journal or Publication Title: Social Policy and Society
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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