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Social Policy Review 15UK and international perspectives$
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Catherine Bochel, Nick Ellison, and Martin Powell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424709

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424709.001.0001

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The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2

The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2

(p.217) Eleven The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2
Social Policy Review 15

Kirk Mann

Policy Press

This chapter addresses some questions of agency and social structure, in relation to pensions policy and retirement. It contrasts some sociological accounts of risk, reflexivity, consumption, ‘lifestyle’, and identity with the structural features of contemporary capitalist societies. It claims that there are tensions between the ‘new’ sociological approaches and the ‘older’ ideas and traditions within social policy.

Keywords:   agency, social structure, pensions policy, retirement, capitalist societies, sociological approaches

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