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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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Older workers and ontological precarity: between precarious employment, precarious welfare and precarious households

Older workers and ontological precarity: between precarious employment, precarious welfare and precarious households

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(p.91) 5 Older workers and ontological precarity: between precarious employment, precarious welfare and precarious households
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Precarity and Ageing
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David Lain

Laura Airey

Wendy Loretto

Sarah Vickerstaff

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340850.003.0005

This chapter develops a theoretical model for understanding ‘ontological precarity’ among older workers. Ontological precarity is caused by individuals feeling ‘trapped’ between precariousness in different domains of their lives. Individuals worry about the long-term sustainability of their ‘precarious employment’. This anxiety is enhanced by financial pressures to work longer in the context of diminishing financial support from a ‘precarious welfare state’ and from ‘precarious households’. The chapter presents case studies of three older hospitality workers, in order to illustrate how these different forms of precarity interact. It concludes by discussing policy implications and provides suggestions for how the framework could be used in future research.

Keywords:   Older workers, Ontological precarity, Precariat, Precarious work, Retirement

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