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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