Older Workers in Transition

European Experiences in a Neoliberal Era

Edited by David Lain, Sarah Vickerstaff and Mariska van der Horst

Published

Sep 12, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Rethinking Work, Ageing and Retirement

ISBN

978-1529215007

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 12, 2022

Page count

160 pages

Series

Rethinking Work, Ageing and Retirement

ISBN

978-1529215014

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

More people are extending their working lives through necessity or choice in the context of increasingly precarious labour markets and neoliberalism. This book goes beyond the aggregated statistics to explore the lived experiences of older people attempting to make job transitions.

Drawing on the voices of older workers in a diverse range of European countries, leading scholars explore job redeployment and job mobility, temporary employment, unemployment, employment beyond pension age and transitions into retirement.

This book makes a major contribution and will be essential reading within a range of disciplines, including social gerontology, management, sociology and social policy.

“This rich and timely edited collection provides an exceptional account of the diversity and plurality of older workers and their employment and retirement transitions in the contemporary policy landscape. Such valuable insights make it an essential reading for any scholar or student with an interest in older workers, from social gerontology right through to age and employment studies.” Kathleen Riach, University of Glasgow

“The first book in a new series on older workers met my already high expectations for David Lain and colleagues. Rare survey data from seven nations critically interrogates the neo-liberal, choice-theoretic, framework about the international ‘Working Longer Consensus.’ It shows that shame, age discrimination, and industrial relocation far outweighs explanations for the poor outcomes of older workers than older workers’ ‘bad choices’.” Teresa Ghilarducci, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis

David Lain is Senior Lecturer in Employment Studies at Newcastle University.

Sarah Vickerstaff is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Kent.

Mariska van der Horst is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Part I: Introducing Older Worker Job Transitions in a Neoliberal Era

1. Job Transitions in Older Age in an Era of Neoliberal Responsibilisation ~ David Lain, Sarah Vickerstaff and Mariska van der Horst

2. The Social Construction of Work and Retirement: Changing Transitions and ‘Work- endings’ ~ Chris Phillipson

Part 2: European Experiences of Older Worker Transitions

3. Job Redeployment of Older Workers in UK Local Government ~ David Lain, Sarah Vickerstaff and Mariska van der Horst

4. Time, Precarisation and Age Normality: On Internal Job Mobility among Men in Manual Work in Sweden ~ Clary Krekula

5. Temporary Older Workers in Belgium as a Demonstration of a Paradoxical Situation ~ Nathalie Burnay

6. Attempted Transitions from Unemployment in Italy ~ Emma Garavaglia

7. Divorced Women Working Past Pension Age in Germany and the UK: The Long Shadow of the Female Homemaker Model~ Anna Hokema

8. Expectations of Transitions to Retirement in Ireland ~ Áine Ní Léime

Part 3: Conclusion: Retirement and Responsibilisation – Current Narratives about the End of Working Life

9. Conclusion: Retirement and Responsibilisation – Current Narratives about the End of Working Life ~ David Lain, Sarah Vickerstaff and Mariska van der Horst