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Consumption and the changing nature of the household in later life

Ian Rees Jones, Martin Hyde, Christina R. Victor, Richard D. Wiggins, Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs

in Ageing in a consumer society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348821
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301431 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348821.003.0004
Consumption and the changing nature of the household in later life

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This chapter studies the impact of the changes in household composition on consumption in later life. It also considers how many changes in the household structure have facilitated or held back the consumerist transformation of post-working life. The discussion also takes a look at the extent to which patterns of consumption in ‘pensioner-only’ households are different from those of people of pensionable age living in ‘non-pensioner’ households.

Keywords: impact; changes; household composition; household structure; consumerist transformation; post-working life; patterns of consumption; pensioner-only households; non-pensioner households

Chapter.  2462 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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