Retirement Migration: Paradoxes of Ageing

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Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - Social Science - 208 pages

The book is the first ethnographic study of international retirement migration and offers a sometimes surprising picture of the potentials, seductions and limitations of the lifestyles. People envision retirement as freedom from responsibilities through shedding the restrictive shackles of their former selves in a time of life dedicated to fun, friendship, healthy activity and individual fulfillment. However, as Oliver documents, a number of contradictions underpin the pursuits of such a lifestyle. She shows how retirees must balance time-use to achieve both freedoms and busy social schedules -- their activities, their relationships, and their cultural identities – to balance both the security of nationality with the discovery of the new. Retirement Migration gives a critical insight into the new ways aging identities are experienced by a growing number of older people in Western societies today.

 

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Contents

Flirting with Freedom
1
Positive Ageing Migration and Place
23
Retiring in Spain
47
Temporality and the Life Course
65
Positive Ageing and Place
83
6 Community and the Individual in Migrants Spain
113
7 Cultural Identities Ageing and Death
131
Paradoxes of Ageing in Retirement Migration
159
Notes
167
Bibliography
175
Index
191
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About the author (2012)

Caroline Oliver is currently a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and has held lecturing posts in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Universities of Hull and Newcastle-upon Tyne, UK

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