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When retirement disappears
There are few professional actors in the film ‘Nomadland.’ Instead, the film centers the real-life stories of people who have resettled in campers, RVs and vans to spend their golden years on the road, cycling through an assortment of seasonal jobs. Are they modern-day pioneers, as one character declares, or are they ‘geriatric migrant labor’? Labor sociologist Jake Rosenfeld shares his reflections on the film’s portrayal of the economic circumstances that govern this workforce.