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dc.contributor.advisorDougherty, Debbie S.eng
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Frances L. McCuistoneng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Springeng
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page (University of Missouri--Columbia, viewed on March 2, 2010).eng
dc.descriptionThe entire thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file; a non-technical public abstract appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionDr. Debbie S. Dougherty, Dissertation Supervisor.eng
dc.descriptionVita.eng
dc.descriptionPh. D. University of Missouri--Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstractRetirement is an important phase of life that may be viewed using two processes: identity and socialization. The purpose of this study is to explore the evolution of identity in communication about retirement. Eighty-four participants were interviewed representing the four phases of socialization: anticipatory, encounter, preretirement (metamorphosis), and retired (exit). Overall, a master narrative of retirement was discovered among the participants describing retirement as positive and hopeful. The anticipatory group expressed narrative identity in retirement in the theme anticipatory identity, focusing specifically on family role and social role identities. Encounter group participants expressed narrative identity in retirement as uncertain through themes of uncertain identity, stabilizing uncertainty, fear and uncertainty, and no uncertain terms. Preretirement participants revealed their narrative identity in retirement as fixed or adjusting. Retired group members described narrative identity in retirement through the themes of role shifters, societal images, or new job-same self. This study revealed important phases of identity construction that paralleled socialization phases and the inclusion of roles described by participants as a bridge to forming identity. Future research on retirement should be conducted to explore issues found in this study..eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical referenceseng
dc.format.extentvi, 200 pageseng
dc.identifier.oclc609640904eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/7108
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/7108eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rightsOpenAccess.eng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.subject.lcshCommunicationeng
dc.subject.lcshRetirementeng
dc.subject.lcshIdentity (Philosophical concept)eng
dc.subject.lcshRetirees -- Social networkseng
dc.titleLife after work : identity, communication, and retirementeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunication (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelDoctoraleng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng


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