Disadvantaged older jobseekers and the concept of bounded agency


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Author: Meyers, Rebecca


This article uses the concept of bounded agency to interpret the findings of a study that explored the training and job-seeking activities of a group of older adults. A qualitative, phenomenological approach was used to obtain personal and nuanced accounts of their experiences. A series of semi-structured interviews was conducted with eight adults aged 55 and older, who were low-skilled and unemployed. The findings identified that a range of interrelated barriers constrained their agency in those activities in two key areas. First, there was a disparity between their learning needs and...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Employment; Disadvantaged; Participation; Demographics; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Unemployed; Low skilled worker; Employability; Labour force participation; Barrier; Older worker; Older people; Job searching; Labour market program

Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania

Published: Abingdon, England: Taylor and Francis, 2017

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Journal volume: 36

Journal number: 3

Journal date: May-June 2017

Pages: pp. 292-307

ISSN: 0260-1370, 1464-519X (online)

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.692

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