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Altern als Zukunft - Ageing as Future

An interdisciplinary project funded by the VolkswagenStiftung within the funding initiative Key topics for science and society

Funding period 10/2012 - 09/2015


How do people of different ages perceive their future on the background of demographic change? How are societal conditions and expectations regarding societal change related to those perceptions? How do such expectations and perceptions influence attitudes towards lifestyle in and provision making for old age? How do people in the post-employment phase organize their time that is less structured by external constraints? And how do they reflect and organize their remaining lifetime?

Those are some of the questions that are investigated in the interdisciplinary and international project "Ageing as future". The project combines sociological and psychological expertise in Jena, Erlangen, Hongkong and the USA. We approach the research questions by combining different methodological strategies: Qualitative interviews, experiments, as well as online- and paper-pencil questionnaire studies are conducted cross-sectionally and longitudinally. A cross-cultural comparison and the variety of methods combined allow for a new an differentiated perspective on views on aging, age-related time management and provision making - and thus on aging as a future project and projection of people in highly developed, postindustrial, and aging societies.

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