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Challenging choicesIdeology, consumerism and policy$
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Michael Clarke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423986

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.001.0001

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Introduction: choice and the life cycle

Introduction: choice and the life cycle

(p.122) (p.123) Six Introduction: choice and the life cycle
Challenging choices

Michael Clarke

Policy Press

This chapter discusses the weight of vital choices in the life cycle which are often seen as the key to fulfilment and self-realisation. It notes that choices in this area are necessary, very consequential, highly individualistic, and uncertain. These choices are demanding, it often being very difficult to be sure one has made the right choice, and they are in a good many cases not reversible: fateful choices. It explains that for the great majority, the five life cycle issues — jobs, partners, fertility, retirement, and infirmity — involve inescapable choices.

Keywords:   vital choices, life cycle, self-realisation, fateful choices, jobs, partners, fertility, retirement, infirmity

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