Retirement – a new beginning or the beginning of the end?

Adelina Broadbridge, Agneta Moulettes

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The chapter explores what retirement means to women about to, or having recently retired in the current economic climate. It examines the choices perceived available to pre-retirement and retired people and their attitudes towards retirement. From our findings we are able to deduce that not everyone approaches retirement in the same way. Davies and Jenkins (2013) categorize individual-level experiences of the retirement transition into five positions: clean breakers; continuing scholars; opportunists; the reluctant; avoiders. We also categorize retirees depending on how they view themselves and their overall attitudes to retirement. However, our typology differs from theirs, which partly may be due to the fact that that we, instead of using a matched sample (which in their case consists of academic staff), include people with a variety of professions and who either have retired or are still working.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook Of Gendered Careers In Management: Getting In, Getting On, Getting Out
EditorsAdelina M. Broadbridge, Sandra L. Fielden
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Print)978-1-78254-768-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Communication Studies


  • attitudes to retirement
  • women
  • exploratory investigation
  • retirement
  • gender discourses


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