Age takes hold of us by surprise: Conceptualising Vulnerabilities in Ageing as the Timing of Adverse Events
|Dates:||6 February 2019|
|Times:||14:00 - 15:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Ageing in the public eye can be distilled to a limited number of adverse events, such as loss of health, partnership and wealth. While these events are a part of “normal ageing”, they do not happen uniformly at the same time point in the life course for everyone, and therefore might have a widely differing impact. There is a high degree of variability as to when exactly these events happen, increasing with age. Furthermore, ageing is different for each generation, as period changes combine with life course circumstances engrained in each birth cohort. This study first aims to examine if and to what extent the timing of these events is linked with sociodemographic categories reflect hierarchical and vertical inequalities. Secondly, as these processes heavily depend on context, the role of the life course as well as policy is highlighted. The results of the study point towards later life as a period where vertical inequalities from across the life course are transposed in more horizontal ones that play out over time.
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