Research project

Identity constructions for retirement: contents and processes of identity work in the transition to the post-acquisition phase

In the course of demographic change, a growing number of people in Switzerland are reaching retirement age. For those affected, retirement is accompanied by diverse and drastic changes and in this sense can be seen as a particularly sensitive period of life for coming to terms with one's own identity.

Against this background, the project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) examines the contents and processes in the discussion of identity concepts before and after the transition to the post-acquisition phase.Special consideration is given to possible differences according to economic, social, cultural and health capital. The project comprises a standardised survey, representative of German-speaking Switzerland, of people who are about six months away from retirement, and a qualitative follow-up survey of 25 people conducted about 1.5 years after the initial survey. Through the interdisciplinary and methodologically differentiated examination of identity work during the transition to the post-retirement phase, the project contributes to overcoming an existing research gap as well as to theory development in the field of identity and retirement research.

Duration: 01.06.2019 - 01.05.2022


Schweizer Nationalfonds (SNF)