9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN01 Ageing in Europe

2009-09-05 13:30:00 2009-09-05 15:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 13:30 - 15:00 Inequality and Poverty in Ageing Societies Building II, C5.07

Resources, evaluations and social contexts - diversity and inequality in later life in a multi-level perspective

Socio-economic status and resources and evaluations are pre-conditions for quality of life, autonomy and life planning in later life. The changing balance between age groups in ageing societies lead to a re-allocation of status, goods and positions - and therefore to a shift in inequality patterns. It also may lead to changes in trajectories into later life and new dynamics in later life courses. This is true for objective resources as well as for subjective evaluations and expectations of future dynamics. Both shape older peopleĀ“s behaviour in consumption and social participation but e.g. also influence retirement decisions, saving behaviour and social relations. These evaluations are connected to standards of comparisons on different societal levels. Hence, analyses must take into account the multi-level context of national points of reference as well as municipalities, neighbourhoods, social networks, birth cohorts and life courses. This presentation will, firstly, review the discussion on diversity and inequality dynamics in later life, discuss concepts and measures, and will, secondly, assess to what extent such dynamics in later life are effected by the dynamics of contexts. Empirical findings from multi-level analyses in a cohort-sequential and longitudinal perspective will be presented. Empirical analyses from prove independent impact of different context levels and their development over time on objective and subjective measures of economic well-being (and others) and its future development. This presentation will apply cross-sectional and longitudinal data from the German Ageing Survey.