Ageing: the lived experience of growing up and older in organizations

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Everybody ages as they work. But not everybody experiences ageing in the same way. Given that philosophy provides us with ways of making sense and meaning of our day to day experiences within particular settings, it is surprising that theorizing ageing as both organizational and an organizing concept through drawing on key philosophical traditions still remains an in its infancy in accounts of age in Organization Studies. By way of surveying why this might be the case and suggesting ways into a philosophy of ageing in organization studies, this chapter will begin by suggesting what a more philosophical orientation might bring. It will then briefly outline the influence of functionalist, life course, political economy and poststructuralist traditions in exploring age in an organizational context. In reflecting on the enduring challenge facing organization studies that requires sensitivity to both socio-cultural aspects that shape our meaning of age and the situated materiality of ageing, I will suggest how a turn towards the lived experience of ageing may open up new opportunities for the philosophical investigation of ageing in organization studies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies
EditorsRaza Mir, Hugh Willmott, Michelle Greenwood
Place of PublicationAbingdon UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781134466085
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRoutledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting

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