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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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How life course dynamics matter for precarity in later life

How life course dynamics matter for precarity in later life

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(p.i) Precarity and Ageing

Richard A. Settersten

Policy Press

Precarity is at the heart of human experience. In every period of life, all people would seem to face some minimal types and levels of precarity simply in being alive and in having to navigate an ever-changing world. At the same time, precarity is particularistic: some kinds of precarity may be unique in different periods of life, and some people and groups have more of it, or more serious types, than others. To understand the sources and consequences of precarity in later life, it is important to understand the life course: how individuals’ past experiences affect later ones, and how social forces open and close opportunities and structure pathways through life. A life course perspective helps reveal where, when, how, and for whom precarity occurs, and what legacies it carries in the lives of individuals, families, and societies. The chapter covers 12 key lessons about how life course dynamics matter in creating, minimizing, or eliminating the precarity of ageing.

Keywords:   Life stages, Life transitions, Social relationships, Family, Health, Human agency, Anticipation, Social inequality, Social change

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