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Phyllis Moen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199357277

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.001.0001

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Institutional Work, Pockets of Change

Institutional Work, Pockets of Change

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(p.171) 7 Institutional Work, Pockets of Change
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Encore Adulthood
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Phyllis Moen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.003.0007

This chapter addresses the third facet of the triple agenda: investigating and developing policy and practical innovations meant to reflect the reality of encore adulthood and promote, for those who want it, ongoing engagement in paid jobs, self-employment, or unpaid volunteer work. It describes institutional work, efforts at upending established, taken-for-granted logics and arrangements and fashioning social inventions. Innovations customizing and updating the life course can capitalize on a vast pool of talent by harnessing Boomers’ continued—and voluntary—public engagement. The chapter describes pockets of innovation in public policies, higher education, and organizations, including flexible scheduling and work arrangements, not-so-big jobs, and hiring older workers. It also describes pockets of innovation in the form of third-party developments, such as encore.org, Life Reimagined (AARP), and placement agencies.

Keywords:   institutional work, social inventions, pockets of innovation, public engagement, policies, education, organizations, not-so-big jobs, third-party organizations, encore.org

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