No place for old women: a critical inquiry into age in later working life

Lotherington, Ann Therese, Obstfelder, Aud and Halford, Susan (2016) No place for old women: a critical inquiry into age in later working life Ageing & Society, pp. 1-23. (doi:10.1017/S0144686X16000064).


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Western countries currently face pressing demands to transform the labour market participation of older workers, in order to address the pressing economic and social challenges of an ageing population. However, in this article we argue that our understanding of older workers is limited by a dominant discourse that emphasises individuals rather than organisations; and valorises youth as the performative aspiration for all workers, regardless of age. To see things differently, and to see different things, we offer a novel analytical synthesis that combines insights from post-foundational feminist theory, the 2007 film No Country for Old Men and an empirical study of older nurses working in the Norwegian public health-care system. Our aim is to provide the foundations for alternative interventions in the world of work that might underpin a more sustainable future for older workers.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1017/S0144686X16000064
Keywords: ageing, organisations, gender, feminist theory, film
Organisations: Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology
ePrint ID: 390319
Date :
Date Event
8 January 2016Accepted/In Press
11 February 2016e-pub ahead of print
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2016 16:57
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 03:51
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