The schlock<sup>1</sup> and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement<sup>2</sup>

Kirk Mann

in Social Policy Review 15

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9781847424709
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303428 | DOI:
The schlock1 and the new: risk, reflexivity and retirement2

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This chapter addresses some questions of agency and social structure, in relation to pensions policy and retirement. It contrasts some sociological accounts of risk, reflexivity, consumption, ‘lifestyle’, and identity with the structural features of contemporary capitalist societies. It claims that there are tensions between the ‘new’ sociological approaches and the ‘older’ ideas and traditions within social policy.

Keywords: agency; social structure; pensions policy; retirement; capitalist societies; sociological approaches

Chapter.  9747 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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