Start date:
February 2015
End date:
January 2017
Funder(s):
Economic and Social Research Council
Status:
Completed

Overview

This project undertook a programme of quantitative data analysis, using the prism of ageing, to address the effects of and responses to nascent globalization for civil society and social participation at national and local levels.

This work package comprised a series of projects aimed at addressing specific research questions relating to later life and social change. The aim was to undertake analysis of secondary data sets at different levels of comparison both cross sectional, cross-national and longitudinal using a variety of analytical methods.

Project 1:
This work package would analyse Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH) data. This is a nationally representative longitudinal cohort survey with biennial follow up data. The analysis focused on associations between modes of reflexivity (using Archer’s ICONI scale) and levels of Generativity in relation to class, income and other socio-economic factors as well as relating these indicators to outcomes in terms of health and well-being by means of linkeages to other data sets.

Project 2:
This work package analysed cross- sectional data from The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) alongside data from waves of the UK Citizenship Survey to examine variations in social participation and indicators of class and age identity among older groups over time.

Project 3:
This work package undertook analysis of The Health Survey of Wales and Understanding Wales to examine patterns of social participation, social and cultural capital among older people in Wales.

Research Questions

  • To what extent are reflexivity, generativity and participation in civil society organisations related in later life?
  • What factors are related to levels of reflexivity and generativity, and participation.
  • How do levels of social participation and social capital vary across age and social location at local, national and international levels?

Outputs

  • Articles in high-impact academic journals (Sociology; Age & Ageing) 

Research team


Themes: Civil Society