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Images of Retirement and Ageing from a Theoretical Perspective

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The “traditional” transition from a full-time post to complete retirement appears to be increasingly giving way to an interim form in which older people do much less work but already receive a pension from a public old-age security system. This phenomenon, which is also known as bridge employment, has been observed in the USA to a considerable degree since as long ago as the 1990s, and is now no longer a marginal phenomenon. Deriving from this observation, the question arises of whether similar tendencies can be anticipated in Germany in the latest pension reforms, which aim to reduce pension levels in the long term and for people to work for longer, and how policy-makers and workers can suitably react to this. The borderline between work and retirement would hence become porous and require systematic interdisciplinary processing (particularly in terms of economics, sociology and psychology), in terms of the powers which determine these and how they are to develop in future. What is the link between these boundaries and perceptions of age that are prevalent in society? The outcome of these questions is amongst other things to be incorporated into the development of the measurement tools in the TOP project.


Wickenheiser, Ines (2013): Was bedeutet „Altsein“? Befunde einer qualitativen Studie. In: Bevölkerungsforschung Aktuell 34,1: 2-5

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