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On the way to another everyday life. Individuals' meaning-making at the onset of retirement from a social inequality perspective.

Research project
Inactive research
Project size
2 083 530
Project period
2014 - 2015
Project owner
Department of Sociology and Work Science

Short description

The formal retirement age signals societal norms about when it is appropriate to retire from working life. But these norms do not have to conform to the individual's own needs and values. Some want and can work until the age of 67, some want to work longer. Others have to end their working lives much earlier because they are exhausted or ill - the exit from working life varies with both gender and socio-economic position. But regardless of when individuals retire, it constitutes a significant turning point in people's lives where another everyday life begins and new routines are to be established. This can lead to the creation of new identities, social affiliations and contexts of meaning - that the place of the self in the larger contexts is put at the forefront.

Researchers

Project leader: Anna Lund, associate professor, Linnaeus University, Department of Cultural Sciences, Email: anna.lund@lnu.se

Project members:

Mattias Bengtsson, associate professor, UoG, Department of Sociology and Work Science, Email: mattias.bengtsson@socav.gu.se

Marita Flisbäck, associate professor, UoG, Department of Sociology and Work Science, Email: marita.flisback@socav.gu.se