New Social Roles of Older People

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal BIG 1 (Main Building)
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

For this session we invite papers looking into the dynamics of social roles in (post)modern societies. In his classical essay “Flexibility and the Social Roles of the Retired” from 1954, Robert Havighurst claims that “great changes in social role occur between the ages of 50 and 75”. He talks about roles that intensify (such as homemaker), diminish (e.g. worker, parent, spouse, lover...), intensify with special effort (e.g. active citizen), or emerge for the first time (e.g. grandparent).
It is clear that this typology should be re-opened for discussion in the light of the increasing heterogeneity and individualisation of the life cycle, the loosening of age-related norms, and the reorganisation of life’s transition timetables, which change the numbers and intensities of the roles played by older adults, and also the ways in which they are played. 
Additional complexity is brought by new roles emerging beside the grandparental kind, such as “active-ager”, on-line dating person, etc., and by the redefinition of what the socially or economically valuable and desirable roles of and for older people are, as well as by the issues of the work–life balance in later life and gendered role sets, etc. 
For this session we welcome papers addressing the evolution, prevalence and quality of the “new” social roles of ageing people, both from an empirical and theoretical perspective. Papers dealing with international comparison are encouraged and early-stage researchers are welcome.
Session Organizer:
Lucie VIDOVICOVA, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
Swiss Retirees As “Active Agers”: A Critical Look at This New Social Role
Toni CALASANTI, Virginia Tech, USA; Marion REPETTI, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Return to Religion? Post Retirement Religious Roles Among Older Adults in the United States
Merril SILVERSTEIN, Syracuse University, USA; Vern BENGTSON, University of Southern California, USA
A Mature Entrepreneur –a New Social Role for Older Adults?
Justyna STYPIŃSKA, Free University Berlin, Germany
Parenting and the Changing Landscape of Ageing and Reproduction
Virpi YLÄNNE, Cardiff University, United Kingdom; Pirjo NIKANDER, University of Tampere, Finland
New Social Roles and Well-Being in Later Life
Galit NIMROD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Doing Well By Doing Good: Exploring the Relationship Between Political Participation and Older People's Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-Being
Rodrigo SERRAT, University of Barcelona, Spain; Feliciano VILLAR, University of Barcelona, Spain
Volunteering in Spanish Older People: A Life Course and Multicontextual Perspective
Montserrat CELDRAN, University of Barcelona, Spain; Rodrigo SERRAT, University of Barcelona, Spain; Sacramento PINAZO-HERNANDIS, University of Valencia, Spain; Carme SOLE, University Ramon Llull, Spain; Feliciano VILLAR, University of Barcelona, Spain
Active Ageing and Third Sector Organizations in Italy
Lucia BOCCACIN, Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy; Linda LOMBI, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Italy
Economic and Non-Economic Activities of Polish Retirees
Danuta ZYCZYNSKA-CIOLEK, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
New Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers: A Comparative Approach.
Beatriz JIMENEZ ROGER, University of Granada, Spain
Successful Life Trajectories in Old Age
Yaroslava EVSEEVA, Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
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