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Social Divisions and Later Life: Difference, Diversity and Inequality

Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs


This book is concerned with the social differences, divisions and diversity of later life. We argue that later life is no longer the marginalised category it once was. Instead, it is characterised by growing differences and divisions, including the divisions associated with class, gender, ethnicity and disability (infirmity). Many of these divides in later life echo and reflect similar divisions in working life. However, age and retirement create a new set of conditions that modifies both the nature and the consequences of these divisions. Each division, we suggest, is contingent upon both pas ... More

Keywords: Later life, Social class, Gender, Ethnicity, Disability, Intersectionality, Social divisions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447338598
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447338598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Gilleard, author
University of Bath

Paul Higgs, author
University College London