Handbook of Inequalities in Later Life: seeking contributions

Plain page with "once upon a time" written by a fountain pen. Dr Catherine Earl PhD and Dr Philip Taylor PhD FGSA are seeking contributions to the Handbook of Inequalities in Later Life. It will be published by Edward Elgar Publishing as part of its Ageing, Work and Welfare Series. 

Amid much international debate about the economic and social implications of increasing longevity and efforts to promote successful ageing this book will be concerned with the influence of cumulative advantage and disadvantage on people’s later life transitions and outcomes, with a focus on issues of employment, retirement, wealth, morbidity and mortality.

A book and notepad lay open on a desk in a library.The book will consider who will be the winners and losers in the global longevity race and how public policy will need to be reshaped in response. Chapters will particularly focus on education, race and ethnicity, gender, occupational history and geography as factors that may determine how successful people are at ageing.

In particular, we are interested to hear from prospective authors of empirically rich studies that address complexities of systemic inequalities for ageing populations.

We envisage chapters approaching intersections of inequalities and ageing from a range of perspectives that include but are not limited to first nations, ethnic and migrant communities; people with congenital, acquired or age-related disability and mental illness; diverse workers, such as high skill, low skill, informal and migrant labour, debt slaves and gig workers; prisoners, detainees and inmates of other institutional settings; socially vulnerable people, for example in rural or remote locations, homeless, stateless and unemployed.

We encourage authors to identify relevant policy gaps and to consider the cumulative effect of mainstream policy challenges, such as the gender pay gap or the digital divide, on economic security, longevity and inequalities in later life.

We are seeking multiple contributions of approximately 5000 words under the following headings and would be pleased to discuss other ideas from potential contributors.
1. Indigenous peoples
2. Global South and developing countries
3. Disability
4. Incarceration and detention
5. Migrants
6. Social isolation
7. Pandemic and crises
8. Evolving policy and institutional frameworks

Contributions will be required by the end of February 2022 and the book will be published by the end of the year.

Please contact Catherine Earl  or Philip Taylor  to discuss a potential contribution and for more information.

Professor Philip Taylor is Professor of Human Resource Management, Federation Business School, Federation University Australia, Fellow Gerontological Society of America, and CUDA board member.