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Ageing in a consumer societyFrom passive to active consumption in Britain$
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Ian Rees Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348821

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348821.001.0001

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Consumption and the changing nature of the household in later life

Consumption and the changing nature of the household in later life

(p.41) Four Consumption and the changing nature of the household in later life
Ageing in a consumer society

Ian Rees Jones

Martin Hyde

Christina R. Victor

Richard D. Wiggins

Chris Gilleard

Paul Higgs

Policy Press

This chapter studies the impact of the changes in household composition on consumption in later life. It also considers how many changes in the household structure have facilitated or held back the consumerist transformation of post-working life. The discussion also takes a look at the extent to which patterns of consumption in ‘pensioner-only’ households are different from those of people of pensionable age living in ‘non-pensioner’ households.

Keywords:   impact, changes, household composition, household structure, consumerist transformation, post-working life, patterns of consumption, pensioner-only households, non-pensioner households

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