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'When I'm 65': On the age-negotiated duty to work
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3916-2977
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue).
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). University of the Free State, South Africa.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7341-945X
2019 (English)In: Work, Employment and Society, ISSN 0950-0170, E-ISSN 1469-8722Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The duty to work is an unquestionable norm in contemporary welfare systems. Nonetheless, as argued in this article, duty to work can be negotiable, and there are age norms that can be used to loosen its otherwise rigid character. This interview-based article follows the work rehabilitation stories of 57 men and women who, in making sense of their illnesses, rehabilitation and work, recurrently use age norms to validate their accounts. In the context of heightened social pressures on paid labour, the practices of doing age seem to both validate and counterbalance the norms of paid labour. Interestingly, the use of age norms is not bounded by any age, gender or education groups; rather, it is used across various social positions. The article discusses age and age norms and their relation to the moral norms of paid labour in contemporary welfare societies.

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Sage Publications, 2019.
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doing age, duty to work, work rehabilitation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-46826DOI: 10.1177/0950017019885797ISI: 000496386500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85075147021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-46826DiVA, id: diva2:1370247
Available from: 2019-11-14 Created: 2019-11-14 Last updated: 2019-12-09

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