Frontmatter

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Title Page

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Copyright

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Other Works in the Series

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About the Series

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Dedication

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Contents

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About the Authors

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pp. xv-xv

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xvii

We are deeply thankful for the assistance of many readers along the way. We thank Paula England for her initial encouragement that we do a book. We thank all of the editors in the Russell Sage . . .

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1. Disappearing Problems? Gender Inequality in Old Age

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pp. 1-20

We have witnessed an incredible decline in poverty among older Americans in recent decades. In the 1950s, 36 percent of those sixty-five and older were poor (U.S. Census Bureau 2004). . . .

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2. Market Friendly or Family Friendly? The Role of the State

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pp. 21-41

What is the role of the state in shaping old age inequality? Welfare programs may be arranged in ways that add new sources of inequality, replicate market and social forms of inequality, . . .

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3. Accumulating Inequality at Work and at Home

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pp. 42-64

To understand women’s lives in old age, we must understand how their earlier experiences have shaped their present circumstances. Work and family experiences in their twenties, thirties, forties, and . . .

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4. The Business of Retirement

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pp. 65-94

The Economic situation of older Americans has improved considerably over the past forty years. Since the late 1960s, older people have seen their standard of living rise significantly. Their income, . . .

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Chapter 5

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pp. 95-131

Good Health is not randomly distributed in old age. Older women, blacks, Hispanics, and people with less income and education are less healthy than their counterparts. They also have much lower . . .

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6. Market-Friendly Proposals: Entrenching Inequality

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pp. 132-155

We are in the midst of a major transformation of welfare states from publicly provided benefits aimed at protecting workers from the market to privately provided benefits aimed at . . .

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7. Family-Friendly Proposals: Entrenching Equality

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pp. 156-181

In the midst of an era marked by market-friendly proposals that would retrench and privatize old age welfare programs, we analyze a slate of family-friendly reform proposals intended to be universal . . .

Endnotes

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pp. 183-183

References

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pp. 185-217

Index

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pp. 219-227