Capitalism, Socialism and the Construction of Old Age

  • Chris Phillipson
Part of the Critical Texts in Social Work and the Welfare State book series


In this concluding chapter an interpretation will be presented of social influences on the characteristics of old age and retirement. These have been discussed under various headings throughout the book. I have examined the connections between the emergence of retirement and the political economy of capitalism; considered difficulties in the transition from work to retirement, for both men and women; documented the struggle over questions of income security and social welfare; and, finally, reviewed the politics of ageing and the role of organised groups of pensioners.


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© Chris Phillipson 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Chris Phillipson
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  1. 1.University of KeeleUK

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