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ERIC Number: EJ936832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0001-8791
Metaphors for Retirement: Unshackled from Schedules
Sargent, Leisa D.; Bataille, Christine D.; Vough, Heather C.; Lee, Mary Dean
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v79 n2 p315-324 Oct 2011
This study uses metaphor analysis to examine the meanings of retirement for a group of 35 retired Canadian executives and managers. Our analysis identified eight metaphors relating to the meanings of retirement. The findings provide us with a range of insights into the experience of retirement, from loss of purpose and identity to liberation from the constraints of work to retirement being constructed as a new beginning or renaissance. Based on the accounts given by each manager, metaphors were collated and compared across retirees to reveal four distinct configurations that conceptualize retirement as exploring new horizons, searching for meaning, contributing on your own terms and putting your feet up. We discuss the implications of these metaphor configurations for understanding the consumer and producer-oriented meanings of retirement and challenge dominant career constructions of retirement as disengagement and decline. Our findings reveal that retirement appears to be better understood by incorporating future-focused and agentic forms that contribute to different types of identity work in retirement. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada