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Chris Phillipson

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 25: Reconstructing Work and Retirement: Labour Market Trends and Policy Issues

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Reconstructing Work and Retirement: Labour Market Trends and Policy Issues
Reconstructing work and retirement: Labour market trends and policy issues
ChrisPhillipson
Introduction

The social organisation of work and retirement has undergone radical transformation over the past four decades. In the 1960s a broad consensus appeared to have been reached – at least in the case of industrial countries – of the value of developing retirement as a distinct stage in the life course. This was linked with an evolving infrastructure of support – notably through public old-age insurance systems and occupational pensions – which seemed to provide the basis for challenging many of the insecurities traditionally associated with later life. However, within a short (in historical terms) space of time the basis of retirement was progressively challenged: de-stabilised ...

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