Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A job, a dream or a trap? Multiple meanings for encore careers

an article by Mary Simpson and Margaret Richardson (University of Waikato, New Zealand) and Theodore E Zorn (Massey University, New Zealand) published in Work, Employment & Society Volume 26 Number 3 (June 2012


Governments and activists are interested in the ageing workforce, as both a problem and, potentially, an asset.

Terms such as ‘positive ageing’ and ‘successful ageing’ are increasingly used rhetorically to (re)frame the working lives of elders, and demand careful examination. A recent entry in the discursive re-construction of work in later life is ‘encore careers’, which highlights retirement as a time when individuals choose to use their wealth of experience, engaging in work that matters and makes meaningful contributions to society.

This article reports on a study that used a multiple perspectives approach to analyse the discourse of elders engaged in encore careers and managers who work with them.

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