'Rusty, invisible and threatening': ageing, capital and employability


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Levels of mature-age unemployment and under-employment are increasing in Australia, with older jobseekers spending longer unemployed than younger jobseekers. This article focuses on two key explanations of the difficulties confronting older jobseekers: human capital theory, which focuses on the obsolescence of older workers' job skills, and ageism in employment. Drawing upon narrative interviews with older Australians, it critically engages with both these understandings. Using a Bourdieusian analysis, it shows how ageing intersects with the deployment of different forms of capital that...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Equity; Skills and knowledge; Gender; Research

Keywords: Older worker; Unemployment; Underemployment; Discrimination; Employability; Skill obsolescence; Human capital; Critical analysis

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Los Angeles, California: Sage Publications, 2017

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Journal volume: 31

Journal number: 3

Journal date: June 2017

Pages: pp. 465-482

ISSN: 0950-0170, 1469-8722 (online)

This article forms part of the output from the 'Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond' study, an ARC linkage study with Jobs Australia, Curtin University, University of Melbourne, NATSEM University of Canberra and the Brotherhood of St Laurence. The study examines mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.
More information may be found at: https://www.bsl.org.au/knowledge/projects/understanding-and-preventing-workforce-vulnerabilities-in-midlife-and-beyond/

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 125.244

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