'Worked to Death:' Gendered-Racialized Dimensions of Economic Security For Later Life Canadians


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(with Professors Nancy Mandell, Valerie Preston, Ann Kim and Karen Robson) This project explores the gendered and racialised practices of economic security experienced by residents in Canada aged 55 and up. Using 2006 Census data, 6 focus groups and 30 in-depth interviews, we analyze the ways in which men and women’s encounters through the life course shape their understandings of economic security in later life. We pay special attention to the ways in which gender and race intersect and are shaped through the life course by the historical and social contexts within which older people engage in paid and unpaid work. By doing so, we reveal the structural and individual contexts within which aged, gendered and racialised lives are moving into old age.

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