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Social Policy Review 15UK and international perspectives$
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Catherine Bochel, Nick Ellison, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.001.0001

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The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2

The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2

Chapter:
(p.217) Eleven The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2
Source:
Social Policy Review 15
Author(s):

Kirk Mann

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.003.0012

This chapter addresses some questions of agency and social structure, in relation to pensions policy and retirement. It contrasts some sociological accounts of risk, reflexivity, consumption, ‘lifestyle’, and identity with the structural features of contemporary capitalist societies. It claims that there are tensions between the ‘new’ sociological approaches and the ‘older’ ideas and traditions within social policy.

Keywords:   agency, social structure, pensions policy, retirement, capitalist societies, sociological approaches

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