Aging in Precarious Times

Exploring the Role of Precariousness in Shaping Views on Ageing and Preparations for a Positive Old Age in Women and Men
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The paper explores the role of gender and precariousness in shaping views on aging and preparations for old age in middle-aged women and men. Based on study results from a larger research project on resources for positive aging conducted by the author, it argues that gender plays a less important part than precariousness in shaping views on aging and aging preparations. Data examined in this paper were collected with semi-structured interviews conducted with five women and five men with precarious work conditions and were analyzed with thematic coding. Gender differences were found concerning aging fears. Women emphasized loss of good looks while men focused on loss of autonomy and social roles. Women with insecure pension plans displayed the most negative views on aging. Precarious women and men displayed similar aging preparatory actions. Implications for practice and policy to promote gender equity regarding active aging are discussed.


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