What risks and insecurities do older people face in a time of both increased longevity and widening inequality?
This edited collection develops an exciting new approach to understanding the changing cultural, economic and social circumstances facing different groups of older people. Exploring a range of topics, the chapters provide a critical review of the concept of precarity, highlighting the experiences of ageing that occur within the context of societal changes tied to declining social protection. Drawing together insights from leading voices across a range of disciplines, the book underscores the pressing need to address inequality across the life course and into later life.
“This is a fascinating and thought-provoking book that provides an overview of what precarity is, its role in understanding ageing, and how precarity can be seen as a lens to think about the role of the state, political actions and social and medical responses.” Josie Tetley, Manchester Metropolitan University
Amanda Grenier is Professor in Health Aging and Society, the Gilbrea Chair in Aging and Mental Health, and the Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging at McMaster University.
Chris Phillipson is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the University of Manchester. He has published a number of general books in the field of ageing as well as a number of papers relating to inequality and social exclusion.
Richard A. Settersten Jr., PhD, is Barbara Knudson Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences and Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences at Oregon State University.
Introduction | Precarity and ageing: new perspectives for social gerontology ~ Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson and Richard A. Settersten, Jr.
PART I: Life course perspectives on precarity
How life course dynamics matter for precarity in later life ~ Richard A. Settersten, Jr.
Precarious life, human development and the life course: critical intersections ~ Stephen Katz
PART II: Precarity across situations
Rereading frailty through a lens of precarity: an explication of politics and the human condition of vulnerability ~ Amanda Grenier
Older workers and ontological precarity: between precarious employment, precarious welfare and precarious households ~ David Lain, Laura Airey, Wendy Loretto, Sarah Vickerstaff
Precarity, migration, and aging ~ Karen Kobayashi and Mushira Mohsin Khan
A framework to identify precarity in the social sciences: insights from qualitative research ~ Elena Portacolone
PART III: Austerity, care and social responses to precarity
Reconstructing dependency: precarity, precariousness and care in old age ~ Michael Fine
From precarious employment to precarious retirement: neoliberal health and long-term care in the United States ~ Larry Polivka and Baozhen Luo
Austerity and precarity: individual and collective agency in later life ~ Chris Phillipson;
Conclusion | Precarity and ageing in the 21st century ~ Chris Phillipson, Amanda Grenier and Richard A. Settersten, Jr.