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Precarity and AgeingUnderstanding Insecurity and Risk in Later Life$
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Amanda Grenier, Chris Phillipson, and Richard A. Settersten Jr

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340850

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340850.001.0001

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Precarity and ageing: new perspectives for social gerontology

Precarity and ageing: new perspectives for social gerontology

(p.1) 1 Precarity and ageing: new perspectives for social gerontology
Precarity and Ageing

Amanda Grenier

Chris Phillipson

Richard A. Settersten

Policy Press

The chapter sets the foundation for the exploration of precarity and aging from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, critical perspectives, and contexts. It begins by outlining the concept of precarity and precariousness in fields such as geography and labour studies, examines how the concept has been applied to late life, and considers its relevance to the field of ageing. It establishes precarity as lens for drawing attention to insecurity and risk in later life. The chapter then poses a series of questions to guide reflection and ground the debates pursued by authors throughout the book, followed by a brief overview of the chapters ahead.

Keywords:   Critical gerontology, Life expectancy, Longevity, Risks, Insecurities, Welfare state, Inequalities

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