Active Ageing: Deconstructing the Concept
Maia Silva, Sofia
Sociologia Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra Porto, Portugal
This work seeks to reflect the emergence of new ways of ageing and of reorganization of time in retirement. These situations are observed at a time when new debates about the promotion of active ageing and reconfiguration of places of participation of elders arise all over Portugal and Europe. In this study a life course perspective is used to permit an analysis of the influence of social, institutional and historical constraints in the transformation of opportunities and experiences in time management in retirement. The recognition of this temporal dimension, socio-historically influenced, will be crucial in the analysis of the discontinuities of the life cycle and its cultural landmarks, namely, the entry into retirement. To further this debate, we will take into account some life stories and time occupation in the retirement of the older population in the city of Porto, interviewed in my Master's work.