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Exploring blind spots of retirement: Individuals’ meaning-making from an existential sociology perspective
Göteborgs universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5611-6323
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to develop a theoretical framework for the exploration of ‘blind spots of retirement’ as part of the research project ‘Towards a new everyday: Individuals’ meaning-making at the entry of retirement from a social inequality perspective’. Retirement is regarded as a socially marked point in the life course of individuals that signalizes societal norms on when it is appropriate to withdraw from employment. However, these norms do not always coincide with peoples’ needs and values. Some have to withdraw earlier due to illness; others both want and are able to work for several additional years. Even if the paths of withdrawal are heterogeneous, retirement is a main transitional phase in peoples’ lives as they depart from everyday labour activities and its associated communities, identities and meaning-making processes. Thus, we introduce a new sociological framework for the study of retirement by combining important insights from areas as existential sociology, sociology of work and the welfare state, cultural sociology and social stratification. This theoretical framework deals with the prominent values, norms and beliefs in the institutions of retirement and employment, with meaning-making and social identity formation, and with the issue of social inequality. We present a holistic perspective serving a methodological approach of what retirement as a transitional phase means for individuals – existentially, socially and materially. Thus, we will be able to explore blind spots in how people create meaning, as well as consider and establish new routines, identities and social belongings. We highlight into what extent existential issues, new forms of meaning-making and identities are related to social inequality and shaped by the strong work ethic in Western societies.

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2014.
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-27372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-27372DiVA, id: diva2:1633199
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The 27th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, Exploring Blind Spots, Lund, Sweden, August 14–16, 2014
Available from: 2022-01-28 Created: 2022-01-28 Last updated: 2022-01-28Bibliographically approved

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