Older Workers’ Evaluations of the Political Goal to Extend Working Life : Discursive Approach to the “Attitude Problem”

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Niska , M & Nikander , P 2021 , ' Older Workers’ Evaluations of the Political Goal to Extend Working Life : Discursive Approach to the “Attitude Problem” ' , Journal of Social and Political Psychology , vol. 9 , no. 1 , pp. 236-254 . https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.6447

Title: Older Workers’ Evaluations of the Political Goal to Extend Working Life : Discursive Approach to the “Attitude Problem”
Author: Niska, Miira; Nikander, Pirjo
Contributor organization: Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies
Social Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Journal of Social and Political Psychology
ISSN: 2195-3325
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.6447
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/330892
Abstract: Population ageing presents major challenges to the welfare system across the European Union. Consequently, emphasizing delayed retirement age and extended working lives abound in political discussions. Researchers have recognized numerous problems, which make the extended working life a challenging political task. One of these problems are citizens' negative attitudes toward delayed retirement and extended working life. In this paper, we approach this "attitude problem" from the perspective of discursive social psychology and analyze the variation in the way aspirations to extend working lives are evaluated by older workers. The data analyzed in the study consists of interviews where participants between 50 and 65 years of age comment on the political goal to extend working lives. The article sheds light on the "attitude problem" by turning the attention from underlying individual preferences to discursive resources used to undermine the political goal and the situational functions these evaluative practices have.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
attitude
extended working life
delayed retirement
discursive social psychology
qualitative attitude approach
CHRONONORMATIVITY
RETIREMENT
DISCOURSE
METHODOLOGY
PSYCHOLOGY
DECISION
CONTINUE
AGE
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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