- Breaking the Watch: The Meanings of Retirement in America
- Author: Joel S. Savishinsky
- Hardcover: 281 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1st Printing edition (September 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801437717
- ISBN-13: 9780801437717
The topic of retirement becomes increasingly compelling as the U.S. population ages. It's easy to find books about how to plan financially for those years after careers end, but Breaking the Watch focuses the many ways of creating a life, not just making a living, as a retired person.
This book follows women and men from a rural American community as they approach and experience the first years of retirement. Joel S. Savishinsky focuses on the efforts people make to find meaning in a stage of life American culture often views in a confused or disdainful way.
In conversations and stories, 13 men and 13 women demonstrate a deep commitment to defining their own retirement. They bring to their mature years a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and responsibilities. They include former teachers, librarians, doctors, farmers, lawyers, bankers, mail carriers, and secretaries. Some are married, others divorced or single; many have children and grandchildren, but some have neither. Their finances run the gamut from the modest to the munificent, while their health ranges from robust to disabled.
This book is a New/Old Stock Hardcover with Dustjacket.
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