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Ageing through austerityCritical perspectives from Ireland$
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Keiran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney, and Áine Ní Léime

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316237

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316237.001.0001

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Citizenship in an age of austerity

Citizenship in an age of austerity

towards a constructive politics of ageing

(p.31) Three Citizenship in an age of austerity
Ageing through austerity

Gemma M. Carney

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This chapter examines some of the implications of demographic ageing for social citizenship. Prolonged life expectancy changes the timing and sequencing of life courses: childhood is extended, retirement can last for upwards of thirty years, and the number of people in work looks set to be overtaken by numbers outside the labour market within the next generational cycle. What are the implications of demographic change for the model of collective provision of welfare? Will resources be re-distributed between age groups? Will the social contract be re-negotiated? The chapter concludes that in order to transition to an older population a dynamic, temporal understanding of the impact of ageing on citizenship across the life course must be developed.

Keywords:   Social, Citizenship, Collective, Provision, Welfare, Solidarity, Generations

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