The third age: class, cohort or generation?

  title={The third age: class, cohort or generation?},
  author={Chris Gilleard and Paul Higgs},
  journal={Ageing and Society},
  pages={369 - 382}
In this paper we consider some of the ways that the third age can be thought about and studied. Taking the work of Peter Laslett as our key source, we explore his ‘aspirational’ approach toward redefining post-working life and look at some of its limitations as both definition and explanation. There is a need for a more sociologically informed approach to the third age, and we outline three potentially important structures that might better explain it – class, birth cohort, and generation… 
The third age and the baby boomers: two approaches to the social structuring of later life
This paper outlines two contrasting positions in interpreting contemporary change in later life. These are summarily represented by a cohort approach that focuses upon the baby boomers and a
Class, cohort, and consumption: the British experience of the third age.
The results show that birth cohort exercised a stronger historical influence on current consumption in later life than did class background, which supports the thesis that the limited but increasing immersion in mass consumer society of successive cohorts who were born and grew up earlier in the 20th century continues to be reflected in levels of "consumerism" in retirement.
Baby boomers, consumption and social change: the bridging generation?
This paper outlines the ways in which the cohort born immediately following the Second World War illustrates changes in consumption patterns within their lives. The paper suggests that this cohort
Women’s identities and the third age - A feminist review of psychological knowledge
Leach & Money, 2007). Importantly, this generation was swept up in major emancipation processes involving, of course, women, but also sexual, racial, ethnic and religious minorities. Such
The problem of social generations: a critique of the new emerging orthodoxy in youth studies
Over the previous seven years the application of a social generation paradigm or ‘theory’ has gained increasing currency as a method in analysing young people's relationship with the life course.
Sociological perspectives on the baby boomers: An exploration of social change
The ‘baby‐boom’ generation has emerged as a significant group in debates focusing on population change. The demographic context concerns the increase in the birth rate across industrialised countries
Constructing the Boundaries of Retirement for Baby-Boomer Women: Like Turning Off the Tap, or Is It?
We are at a unique point in history when an unprecedented number of women are beginning to retire. Earlier work has suggested that women have few identity concerns in retirement because they had less
"Not alone and not in a home!" : the negotiation of later life as a cohousing group in Berlin
This thesis explores the lived experience of the phenomenon of senior cohousing: a form of intentional, mutually supportive, community where groups of older people live in their own separate homes;


A Fresh Map of Life: The Emergence of the Third Age
Preface - A New Division of the Life Course - How Long Can Anyone Go On Living - The Age of Britain as a Country: Britain be Your Age, First Adjuration - The Age of the Present British Population,
The cohort as a concept in the study of social change.
  • N. Ryder
  • Economics
    American sociological review
  • 1965
Since cohorts are used to achieve structural transformation and since they manifest its consequences in characteristic ways, it is proposed that research be designed to capitalize on the congruence of social change and cohort identification.
Mannheim's sociology of generations: an undervalued legacy
ABS'I'RAC'I' Mannheim's 1923 essay 'The Problem of Generations' has often been described as the seminal theoretical treatment of generations as a sociological phenomenon. Yet in practice scant
The Structured Dependency of the Elderly: A Creation of Social Policy in the Twentieth Century
ABSTRACT If we are to develop better methods of integrating elderly people into society then above all we need a better sociology of the ageing and the aged. In this paper I wish to put forward the
The employment and retirement of older men in England and Wales, 1881-1981
of older men have attracted little attention from historians.3 This is surprising given the magnitude of the recorded decline in the proportion of men aged over 65 in the labour force from almost 75
The Labour Force
Manpower statistics cover a wide field.1 This chapter concentrates on those aspects which are of particular importance to sociologists: the structure of the occupied population, unemployment, hours
Poverty, A Study of Town Life
Introduction Preface Jonathan Bradshaw General characteristics of the City of York Social and economic condition of the wage-earning class in York The standard of life The poverty line The immediate
The Economic Environment
Statistics on the level of income and wealth of the economy of the United Kingdom present an overall picture in terms of frequently used concepts. Precise definitions of these concepts, although well
Transport and Communications
  • W. Bishop
  • Economics
    British medical journal
  • 1950
Rail transport is reasonably well developed in the Comecon countries. In most of them it handles more freight than any other means of transport, and in fact in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Mongolia and