Icon Our WorkThe Ages of Man: Shakespeare and social protection through the life-course

In our 15th Perspective, Nicholas Freeland uses Shakespeare’s depiction of the seven ages of man to explore the vulnerabilities at each stage of the life-course.

He proposes that an inclusive approach to social protection – in which schemes are oriented to addressing risks across the life-cycle – is more suited to addressing such nuances, rather than the neoliberal Conditionista ideology focusing on ‘poor relief’.

Nicholas Freeland is a Social Security practitioner. He read English (and therefore lots and lots of Shakespeare) for Part I of his University degree. As he has moved through his own life course, he is at last understanding the Bard’s messages better, and this famous monologue has assumed greater relevance.

 

COMMENT

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *