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