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L'aménagement de l'habitat chez des couples de nouveaux retraités Baby-Boomers : vivre le présent, anticiper l'avenir ?

Abstract : This thesis of qualitative sociology is about practices and meanings of home’s adaptations made by newly retired couples of Baby Boomers. It reports various dynamics – sociological, historical, physical or of identity, relationship and lifestyle - that shape the experience of "ageing" and the "housing" of these individuals, and this in two different time frames : in the present, through realized and /or short-term planned developments; in the future, through the developments made by anticipation of risks linked to the ageing and/or long-term projection. The results of this thesis show, first of all, that the adaptation of housing and related practices constitute some "supports" for this transition in the life course, and for "ageing but not old yet” people coming to retirement and entering the “last third of their life”. In the same time, they show how the relationships and the various activities of newly retired "generational pillars" shape their habitat and way of living in the early retirement period. On the other hand, the results of this thesis give to see an "endogenous" approach to adaptation of housing, at a time when this issue is a major challenge for governments and individuals. Regarding this point of view, this research demonstrates how Baby Boomers show, through the development of their habitat, a significant empowerment about their present and future ageing in order to live and age "good" and if possible, at home. The exposed results also suggest the potential of "comfort" in order to help Baby Boomers in the process of risk’s prevention, for the future and the preparation of their old years. At the same time, this research encourages to think about the obstacles that still exist on these questions, such as the deep negative perception of aging, that certain popular images and messages continue to feed.
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Fanny Auger. L'aménagement de l'habitat chez des couples de nouveaux retraités Baby-Boomers : vivre le présent, anticiper l'avenir ?. Sociologie. Université Charles de Gaulle - Lille III, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016LIL30032⟩. ⟨tel-01469229⟩



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