Marion Repetti

Marion Repetti
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland · School of Social Work Valais-Wallis

PHD
Full professor, Head of Social Work Research Department

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In Switzerland, the relatively new social work departments are located in so-called universities of applied sciences (UASs), which provide a university-based and practice-oriented education. At the beginning, UASs were required to carry out ‘applied’ research and their teaching had to be ‘non-academic’, unlike in traditional universities. Although...
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A l’heure du vieillissement global des populations, ce numéro propose des lectures originales sur ce qu’est vieillir au féminin. Les articles du Grand angle apportent un éclairage sur le poids de l’âgisme et son cortège de discriminations mais offrent aussi des perspectives pour une vieillesse épanouie. Ils analysent la sexualité invisible, les iné...
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Discussions of precarity in later life have tended to focus on the uncertainties of material resources, and the feelings of anxiety that this evokes (e.g., Lain et al. 2019) as some older people thus face the risk of being excluded from the broader society. Although scholars often point to inequalities, such as those based on class and gender, as h...
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Many Swiss households, dealing with care needs facing themselves in old age or older relatives, hire female migrant live-in care workers from Eastern European countries. At the same time, Swiss people are migrating to Southern European countries after their retirement, as a means of improving their socioeconomic security. Similar practices have bee...
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The aim of this book has been to explore different aspects of the experiences and challenges that transnational migration involves for older people and their families. The different chapters have reviewed a range of themes, including: relationships between migrants and their older parents; older migrants as formal and informal carers or recipients;...
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Many policymakers, scholars, and members of the general public in Europe and the U.S. express concerns about the ‘burden’ that elders presumably will represent, a concern that can be exacerbated in the context of elders who migrate in retirement, drawing pensions from their home countries while living elsewhere. In this chapter, we present a framew...
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This book brings together two major trends influencing economy and society in the twenty-first century: population ageing on the one side, and migration on the other. Both have assumed increasing importance over the course of the 20th and into the twenty-first century. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the size and prop...
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Retirement migration is an increasingly common phenomenon. It involves the relocation of retirees from richer countries of the global North to places in the world where the costs of living are lower. In contrast from most other migrants, these retirees do not generally relocate to find more work opportunities. Aeromobility, namely frequent air trav...
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Ce rapport de recherche porte sur le vécu des politiques de protection contre le COVID-19 par les personnes de 65 ans et plus en situation de précarité en Valais. Nous avons interviewé des personnes âgées vivant une situation de précarité sociale et économique déjà avant la pandémie, ainsi que des professionnel·le·s qui travaillent auprès de cette...
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Français En Suisse, les risques de fin de carrière et vieillesse sont généralement traités politiquement comme deux problématiques distinctes, l’une relevant des politiques de l’emploi, l’autre de celles de la vieillesse. Cette séparation résulte de la genèse de la politique vieillesse en Suisse. En établissant l’âge d’accès à la rente de vieilless...
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This book brings together two major trends influencing economic and social life: population ageing on the one side, and migration on the other. Both have assumed increasing importance over the course of the 20th and into the 21st century. The book offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on the challenges posed by the globalisation of the life...
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La migration tardive des ressortissant.e.s des pays riches vers des pays plus pauvres est de plus en plus fréquente. Elle est portée par des motivations d’ordre tant culturel que social et économique. Si de plus en plus d’auteur.e.s s’intéressent à cette pratique, ils et elles ne s’intéressent que rarement aux cas des personnes quittant la Suisse....
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People who migrate in retirement often do so to join younger generations who have already migrated, and to help with grandchildren. But what about those retirees who migrate away from their families? Do they still provide grandparental support? To address this question, we examine retirement migrants who reside permanently in their new country, Spa...
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Swiss Old Age and Survivors' Insurance Act was enacted in 1948. This new retirement period is the subject of much discussion in political and scientific circles about the consequences of the cessation of professional activity on men. By shedding light on how these debates have produced gender and age, we show in this paper that they reflect above a...
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Les autorités ont recommandé un confinement plus strict pour les personnes de 65 ans et plus. Celles-ci se retrouvent ainsi au centre de l’attention sanitaire. Elles ne sont pourtant pas consultées. Ni reconnues dans leurs rôles sociaux traditionnels. https://reiso.org/articles/themes/vieillesse/5879-l-agisme-dans-la-lutte-contre-le-coronavirus
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Dans une société qui tend à les considérer comme une charge, les seniors se sentent parfois de trop, en dépit de leurs contributions économiques et de leur important rôle social. Comment ces représentations se sont-elles développées ?
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In many countries, political authorities have instituted measures to contain Covid-19 and especially to protect so-called ‘vulnerable’ groups. These strategies target older people, based on the consideration that the risk of dying from Covid-19 is especially high for them. Our research aims to explore how people aged 65 and over experience these me...
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What is democratic theory? In this article we treat it as a semiotic code – that is to say, a shared assumption – and argue that democratic theory enables people to think and talk about the idea(s) of democracy. Furthermore, the application of this specific code is highly political. For one, it is embedded in concrete contexts and discourses and us...
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Pour les personnes qui prennent leur retraite dans un pays où la vie est moins chère, l'avion permet de cultiver les liens familiaux et sociaux transnationaux. Sur quels choix économiques ? Et avec quel impact écologique ?
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Population ageing has led many countries to be concerned about the ‘economic burden’ of elders, and several have adopted the active ageing paradigm to reform policy. However, gender differences that moderate the effect of active ageing have been little considered. As in other nations in the European Union, Swiss federal authorities use the active a...
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This article examines the impact of economic inequalities on the individual choices that North European retirees make when they migrate to Mediterranean countries. It considers a group of retired and early-retired migrants who live permanently in Spain and have limited economic resources. Through a qualitative methodology based on semi-structured i...
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Le 10 juin 2018, le peuple suisse s’exprimera sur l’initiative populaire « Monnaie pleine ». Celle-ci propose d’augmenter le pouvoir de la Banque nationale sur la circulation de la monnaie et de restreindre celui des banques commerciales. Les initiants considèrent que cela favoriserait la stabilité économique ; ils souhaitent également que la Banqu...
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Similar to other countries in the European Union, contemporary Switzerland faces concerns about an ageing population, and the policy framework of active ageing is one response. Today’s retirees are asked to actively participate in society in ways that are recognized as social contributions. We argue, however, that the redefinition of the role of re...
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Les représentations de la vieillesse ne sont pas permanentes. Elles se métamorphosent en fonction des transformations des contextes économiques, politiques et sociaux. En Suisse, la figure d'un "retraité méritant" en marge de la vie économique dominait les représentations de la vieillesse après-guerre. À l'inverse, aujourd'hui, l'image d’un "senior...
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In most European countries, welfare state systems rely on families as the primary source of social support. In this context, retired people are considered as an important pool of volunteer workers who can give time and skills to their families and the larger society. This social contract is based on the assumption that most family members live in c...
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Transformer sa retraite en vacances les pieds dans l'eau? Loin de la vision idyllique, la volonté d'éviter la marginalisation sociale motive certains départs. Une recherche a donné la parole à ces expatrié·e·s. Par Marion Repetti, chercheuse FNS invitée à l'Université de Manchester Le phénomène de la migration des retraités du nord en direction du...
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Population ageing has led many countries to be concerned about the ‘economic burden’ of elders, and several have adopted the active ageing paradigm to reform policy. However, gender differences that moderate the effect of active ageing have been little considered. As in other nations in the European Union, Swiss federal authorities use the active a...
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This article examines the discourse of the Swiss political authorities in the context of the development of old-age pensions and survivor's pensions in the early 20th century and how it gave meaning to the new administrative category of beneficiaries of the old age pension. That meaning was constructed on the basis of referenced moral norms, which...
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Que font les retraités de leur temps libéré ? Voici la question à laquelle propose de répondre Mélissa Petit, sociologue française et spécialiste des enjeux du vieillissement. Alors qu’Anne-Marie Guillemard annonçait en 2002 la naissance d’une nouvelle « pratique de retraite » (la « retraite solidaire »), l’autrice en développe une analyse approfon...
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En Suisse comme dans I'Union européenne, les discours des autorités politiques appelant à un vieillissement actif en emploi, se multiplient depuis une vingtaine d'années. Ils sont à replacer dans le cadre des débats portant sur les réformes à engager dans les politiques de retraite, dans un contexte marqué par la nécessité proclamée depuis les anné...
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« Crise de l’assurance-vieillesse », « déséquilibre démographique », « vieillissement de la population », « faillite des systèmes de retraite », voilà des expressions qui occupent une place prépondérante dans les discours portant sur l’avenir de la sécurité sociale aujourd’hui. Les autorités politiques suisses comme européennes font part de leur in...
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Malgré les mesures structurelles en leur faveur, les « female breadwinners » peinent à faire leur chemin dans le monde académique. Pour repenser la place des « mères pourvoyeuses », il importe de repenser le salariat et le travail.
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Cet article s’intéresse aux discours produits par les autorités politiques helvétiques dans le contexte de la construction de l’assurance-vieillesse et survivants au début du XXe siècle ; en particulier, la manière dont ces discours ont donné sens à la catégorie administrative naissante de bénéficiaire de la rente de vieillesse. Ce sens a été const...
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Plus qu'une méthode d'accompagnement, le case management est un véritable dispositif de prise en charge. Il concerne aussi bien le travail social que sanitaire, l'intervention socioéducative que la réinsertion professionnelle. Intégratif, il favorise un suivi continu et cohérent par une meilleure gestion des frontières institutionnelles et professi...
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La plupart des personnes âgées atteintes dans leur santé physique et mentale vivent chez elles grâce à l’aide de leurs proches et de services de soins à domicile. C’est le constat que formulent Marion Repetti, Annick Anchisi et Elisabeth Hirsch dans cet article paru dans le périodique Soins Infirmiers. Les familles sont activement impliquées dans l...
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Dans la littérature sociologique, la retraite a longtemps été considérée comme une « mort sociale » (Guillemard, 1972), « une modalité extrême d’exclusion » (Guillemard, 2002). Or, une analyse socio-historique permet de constater que la société formule des attentes envers les retraités, ce qui tend à remettre en question le postulat définissant la...

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Most literature defines retirement migrants as relatively well-off retirees shaped by a wish to be freed from social constraints, including family obligations. But in the Global North, some of the retirees with limited economic resources migrate partly because they cannot afford to live in their home countries. It also serves as a means to be able to continue to support their families with money, care, and kinkeeping thanks to the low-cost means of communication and transportation that they can use. And so, retirement migration can constitute a way to cope with the social risks that retirees face in their own country while the benefits that they get from the welfare state are not sufficient for them to live on or to afford health insurance. At the same time, their families may rely on their support, for instance, to cope with insufficient public childcare devices. This project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation looks at retirement migration in North America. With a qualitative case study in Costa Rica based on in-depth interviews and observations, as well as a questionnaire, it looks at the kind of risks and family support that U.S. retirement migrants face and provide, respectively. Adding these findings to other data that I have collected about retirement migration in Spain enables me to complete a comparative study of retirement migrants coming from three different national contexts: Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S.A. These three welfare regimes all assume that citizens should not only count on social policies to face social risks. They also have to develop individual strategies to respond to their needs for care or economic security over the life course, for instance, when they become parents or when they need long-term care. At the same time, in these three contexts, the specific state provisions vary. Comparing these three national contexts will allow me to conduct an in-depth analysis on the extent to which welfare states influence retirement migration as well as the kind of support that retirees provide transnationally. This approach challenges the majority of literature that considers retirement migration as resulting from an individual choice, an activity in which relatively wealthy retirees engage, partially in order to avoid family obligations.
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From the first half of the 20th century, economists have considered the role of the State in the regulation of money and the promotion of social justice. Far from being confined to the field of economics, the debates reflect social concerns of redistribution. In the 1930s and 1940s, poverty and economic inequalities resulting from capitalism and industrialisation represented a threat for social cohesion, this was framed as “the social question”. Social welfare was designed as an answer. In the last 30 years, some social scientific debates reflect a return to this social question. Experts in social justice and social policies point to the limits of the current model of social welfare in the context of the erosion of the “wage society” (Castel 1995), the emergence of a “risk society” (Beck 1992), and increasing inequalities due to the neoliberal economy. Issues of how money is redistributed, as well as the role of the State, have come back to the forefront. For their part, some economists are calling for a renewed discussion on the role that the State should play in the regulation of money today, particularly in the context of the financialized economy. They claim that this relates to issues of social justice. However, their articulation between monetary regulation and social justice varies in discourse, as well as their position about the social question today. Based on a case study of the Swiss initiative “Sovereign Money” (Monnaie Pleine), this paper takes a sociological look at the discourses that economists who support this project are making about the regulation of money. In particular, it questions how they articulate it with the idea of social justice, and to what extent they are formulating a new social question.