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Encore AdulthoodBoomers on the Edge of Risk, Renewal, and Purpose$
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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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An Encore to Conventional Adulthood

An Encore to Conventional Adulthood

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(p.3) 1 An Encore to Conventional Adulthood
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Encore Adulthood
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Phyllis Moen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357277.003.0001

This introductory chapter provides an overview of encore adulthood and key themes, pointing out that categories and conventions like the linear lockstep life course are outdated. Career pathways today feel uncertain; some are disappearing all together. And retirement is less straightforward and more insecure, a process rather than a single event. This encore stage is rife with larger insights about an evolving life course characterized by both hazards and prospects. The chapter summarizes three research, policy, and action agendas. The first is to recognize institutional inertia and the outdatedness of taken-for-granted rules, regulations, and logics fashioned around a mid-twentieth-century vision of a life course. Second is to investigate, track, and support Boomers’ own improvisational time shifts in this new phase. Third is to design, implement, and study innovations in the public, private, and social sectors offering a range of flexible, sustainable, and purposive options for work, learning, and civic engagement.

Keywords:   encore adulthood, lockstep, life course, retirement, work, institutional inertia, improvisations, innovations, time shifting, purpose

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