Encore Adulthood: Boomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose

Paperback | April 19, 2016

byPhyllis Moen

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The Baby Boomer generation is facing a time of heightened uncertainty. Blessed with unprecedented levels of education, health, and life expectancy, many hope to contribute to society after their retirement. Yet they must also navigate ambiguous career exits and retirement paths, as establishedscripts for schooling, parenting, and careers continue to unravel. In Encore Adulthood, Phyllis Moen presents the realities of the "encore" life stage - the years between traditional careers and childraising and old age. Drawing on large-scale data sets and interviews with Boomers, HR personnel, and policymakers, this book illuminates the challenges that Boomersencounter as they transition from traditional careers into retirement. Beyond data analysis, Moen discusses the personal impact for Boomers' wellbeing, happiness, and health when they are unable to engage in meaningful work during their encore years, as well as the potential economic loss that wouldoccur when a large, qualified group of people prematurely exit the workforce. Moen concludes with proposals for a range of encore jobs that could galvanize Boomers to take on desirable and sought-after second acts, emphasizing meaningful work over high-paying jobs and flexibility over long hours. An important analysis of an understudied and new life stage, Encore Adulthoodmakes an important contribution to the existing scholarship on careers, work, and retirement.

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The Baby Boomer generation is facing a time of heightened uncertainty. Blessed with unprecedented levels of education, health, and life expectancy, many hope to contribute to society after their retirement. Yet they must also navigate ambiguous career exits and retirement paths, as establishedscripts for schooling, parenting, and caree...

Phyllis Moen is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota where she holds a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199357285

ISBN - 13:9780199357284

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Introduction1. An Encore to AdulthoodAgenda #1: Recognizing Inertia2. Outdated Career and Life Course Templates3. Context: Inertia, Upheavals, InequalityAgenda #2: Time Shifting Improvisations4. Improvising Plans for the Future5. Improvising Work, Civic Engagement, Retirement6. Improvising Health, Well-Being, PurposeAgenda #3: Innovations7. Institutional Work, Pockets of Change8. Transforming Institutions and Lives