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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland

Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland

a question of cumulative advantages and disadvantages

(p.85) Six Socioeconomic status in ageing Poland
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Konrad Turek

Jolanta Perek-Białas

Justyna Stypinńska

Policy Press

Socio-economic status describes the position a person occupies within society on grounds of wealth, educational level and occupational prestige. It is associated with opportunities, resources, and outlooks on life. It therefore comes as no surprise that live-courses differ with socio-economic status. Interestingly, social inequalities accumulate over the life-course: people who are in a disadvantaged situation often experience more disadvantages throughout their lives, while people who are in an advantageous situation often experiences more advantages. Therefore, socio-economic status has more time to unfold its effects the further the live-courses progress. This chapter explores the connection between socio-economic status and live-courses in Poland, a post-socialist country with an ageing population.

Keywords:   socio-economic status, Poland, social inequalities, cumulative advantage and disadvantage

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