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Waiting on retirement : aging and economic insecurity in low-wage work

Author: Mary Lizabeth Gatta
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press. copyright 2019.
Series: Studies in social inequality.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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La 4ème de couv. indique : "America is witnessing a retirement crisis. As the labor market shifts to the gig economy and new strains restrict social security, the American Dream of secure retirement becomes further out of reach for up to half of the population. In Waiting on Retirement, Mary Gatta takes the case of restaurant workers to examine the experiences of low-wage workers who are middle-aged, aging, and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Lizabeth Gatta
ISBN: 9780804799959 0804799954 9781503607408 1503607402
OCLC Number: 1088512437
Description: 1 vol. (XXII-152 pages) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The new normal --
The fast money trap --
Aging in low wage work --
Retiring in a coffin --
Crisis or come together.
Series Title: Studies in social inequality.
Responsibility: Mary Gatta.

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La 4ème de couv. indique : "America is witnessing a retirement crisis. As the labor market shifts to the gig economy and new strains restrict social security, the American Dream of secure retirement becomes further out of reach for up to half of the population. In Waiting on Retirement, Mary Gatta takes the case of restaurant workers to examine the experiences of low-wage workers who are middle-aged, aging, and past retirement age. She deftly explores the many factors shaping what it means to grow old in economic insecurity as her subjects face race- and gender-based inequities, health hazards associated with their work, and the bitter reality that the older they get the fewer professional opportunities are available to them. More importantly, Gatta demonstrates that these problems are pervasive, as more industries adopt the worst workplace practices of service work. In light of these trends, we must consider the devastating effects on already vulnerable Americans because, as Gatta contends, this crisis does not need to be inevitable. Taking as a model the small percentage of "good" restaurant jobs that exist, she ultimately offers incisive commentary on what can be done to stave off this bleak future."

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