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The domestic and gendered context for retirement

Loretto, Wendy, Vickerstaff, Sarah (2013) The domestic and gendered context for retirement. Human Relations, 66 (1). pp. 65-86. ISSN 0018 7267. (doi:10.1177/0018726712455832) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33112)

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Against a global backdrop of population and workforce ageing, successive UK governments have encouraged people to work longer and delay retirement. Debates focus mainly on factors affecting individuals’ decisions on when and how to retire. We argue that a fuller understanding of retirement can be achieved by recognizing the ways in which individuals’ expectations and behaviours reflect a complicated, dynamic set of interactions between domestic environments and gender roles, often established over a long time period, and more temporally proximate factors. Using a qualitative data set, we explore how the timing, nature and meaning of retirement and retirement planning are played out in specific domestic contexts. We conclude that future research and policies surrounding retirement need to: focus on the household, not the individual; consider retirement as an often messy and disrupted process and not a discrete event; and understand that retirement may mean very different things for women and for men.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0018726712455832
Uncontrolled keywords: couples, domestic context, gender, retirement
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Sarah Vickerstaff
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2013 15:46 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:10 UTC
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