Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Precarity and Ageing – Understanding Insecurity and Risk in Later Life - Policy Press Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Precarity and Ageing: Understanding Insecurity and Risk in Later Life

Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson, and Richard A. Settersten Jr


This book examines some of the challenges facing older people, given a context of rising life expectancy, cuts to the welfare state, and widening economic and social inequalities. It explores precarity and ageing from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, critical perspectives, and contexts. Although cultural representations and policy discourses depict older people as a group healthier and more prosperous than ever, many older people experience ageing amid insecurities that emerge in later life or are carried forward as a consequence of earlier disadvantage. The collection of chapters develops ... More

Keywords: Insecurities, Risks, Austerity, Vulnerability, Care, Transitions, Life course, Disadvantage, Inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447340850
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340850.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amanda Grenier, editor
University of Toronto

Chris Phillipson, editor
University of Manchester

Richard A. Settersten Jr, editor
Oregon State University

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.



1 Precarity and ageing: new perspectives for social gerontology

Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson and Richard A. Settersten Jr

Part I Life course perspectives on precarity

Part II Precarity across situations

6 Precarity, migration and ageing

Karen Kobayashi and Mushira Mohsin Khan

Part III Austerity, care and social responses to precarity

11 Conclusion: Precarity and ageing in the 21st century

Chris Phillipson, Amanda Grenier and Richard A. Settersten Jr

End Matter