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[This chapter explores how precarious middle-aged workers perceive the reality of precarityPrecarity and their own agingAging. The chapter starts off with the definition of the precariat provided by Standing (2011) and goes on to analyze the characteristics and importance of the rising aging precariatAging precariat. In the following, the German aging precariatAging precariat is described to a larger extent and the features of the middle-aged Germans who took part in the present study are summarized. Key questions such as “how does one become precarious?” and “how can one surviveprecarityPrecarity?” guide the presentation of the research findings. The “precarious identity” of the middle-aged individuals is negotiated between “free choice” and being part of a “surprised generation.” Furthermore, main themes concerning the coping strategiesCoping strategies such as the “chameleon self” and “the social activist” are presented to illustrate how individuals adapt to precarityPrecarity in order to age well.]
Published: May 11, 2019
Keywords: Precarity; Aging precariat; Precarious work; Insecure pensions; Coping strategies
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