Human Relations Special Issue Call for Papers - Reinventing Retirement: new pathways, new arrangements, new meanings


Published: 1Mar2010


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Dear Colleagues: We're delighted to invite you to submit a paper for the special issue on Reinventing retirement.

Governments and organisations are realigning retirement goalposts, and baby boomers are exploring their late career and retirement options, we ask whether our models for understanding the retirement process need to be reassessed and renewed.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to advance novel ways of thinking about retirement by developing new theoretical perspectives and harnessing methodologies that focus on the multiple meanings of retirement and distinctive behavioural pathways. We welcome conceptual and empirical papers that make clear contributions to this effort.  These may include life course approaches, discursive or narrative methods, longitudinal assessments, or cross-cultural or generational perspectives, although they are not limited to these.

To be considered for this Special Issue, submissions must fit with the Aim and Scope of Human Relations – please see: /about_journal/aims.html.

Contributors should note:


  • This call is open and competitive, and the submitted papers will be blind reviewed in the normal way.


  • Submitted papers must be based on original material not under consideration by any other journal or outlet.


  • The guest editors will select five papers to be included in the Special Issue; additional high quality papers submitted in this process may be published in other issues of the journal.



The deadline for submission is 31 January 2011.

Papers to be considered for this Special Issue should be submitted online in accordance with our submission guidelines: .

Please direct any questions about the submission process, or any administrative matter, to Claire Castle, Managing Editor: humanrelationsjournal [at]

The Guest Editors for this Special Issue are very happy to discuss initial ideas for papers with potential authors, and may be contacted directly:

Mary Dean Lee  marydean.lee [at]

Leisa Sargent    lsargent [at]

Jelena Zikic       Jelena.Zikic [at]

Bill Martin         w.martin [at]





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