Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers
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Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers

Edited by Adelina M. Broadbridge and Sandra L. Fielden

This unique Research Handbook covers a wide range of issues that affect the careers of those in diverse groups: age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexuality and transgender, as well as appearance. International experts from a variety of backgrounds contribute chapters in their given fields, reviewing current thinking, practices, initiatives and developments within the field, as well as presenting a wide-ranging and holistic coverage of the topic.
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Chapter 4: The last career transition? A gendered perspective on retirement

Frances Tomlinson

Abstract

Retirement, understood as a process of final disengagement from the labour market and paid employment, is currently being re-examined and rethought. Specifically, the impact of rapidly ageing populations in Western industrialized societies has increased the pressure on people to extend their working lives beyond the traditional age of retirement. This chapter explores the surrounding debates from a gendered perspective, focusing on contrasts in the retirement experiences of men and women and the impact of retirement on gender relations. It draws on the accounts of women in the United Kingdom at, or approaching, retirement age to illustrate the issues of choice, control and constraint that are involved in transitioning (or not) into retirement, and it concludes by briefly considering the implications of this overview for individuals, for organizations and for institutions more widely.

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