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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, migration and ageing

Precarity, migration and ageing

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Precarity and Ageing

Karen Kobayashi

Mushira Mohsin Khan

Policy Press

The profile of older adults in the Global North is changing rapidly with increasing proportions of foreign-born ageing populations. Despite their demographic significance, very little research has been conducted on the complex and varied experiences of ageing, risk, and insecurity in this group, particularly with regard to significant life course events such as migration. Using the conceptual lens of precarity, this chapter presents a nuanced analysis of risk and vulnerability in the context of ageing and migration. We begin with a brief overview of the key economic, psychosocial, and cultural markers of precarity in older immigrants. Next, we highlight the ‘politics of precarity’ inherent in the larger political economy of immigration and the invisibility of racialized older immigrants in health and social care policies. We conclude with a discussion on the challenges to understanding precarity in the context of migration, and provide suggestions for future research.

Keywords:   Migration, Aging, Precarity, Intersectionality, Life Course, Health Inequality, Racism and Discrimination, Health Care System, Social Policy

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