Handbook of the Life Course

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Jeylan T. Mortimer, Michael J. Shanahan
Springer Science & Business Media, Sep 30, 2003 - Political Science - 728 pages
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This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of key theoretical perspectives, concepts, and methodological approaches that, while applied to diverse phenomena, are united in their general approach to the study of lives across age phases. In surveying the wide terrain of life course studies with dual emphases on theory and empirical research, this important reference work presents probative concepts and methods and identifies promising avenues for future research.

Included are sections on history and cross-national variability, normative structuring, movement through the life course, transitions in the life course, turning points, connections between life phases, methodology, and the future of the life course. A major reference work and a seminal text, it is essential reading for social scientists studying phases within the life course, social psychologists in sociology and psychology, demographers and academics in the field of the life course as well as students in these disciplines.

  

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Contents

The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory
xix
Generations Cohorts and Social Change
17
Stratified Incentives and Life Course Behaviors
44
Age Structuring and the Rhythm of the Life Course
73
Parental Identification Couple Commitment and Problem Solving among Newlyweds
93
Family Context and Individual WellBeing Patterns and Mechanisms in Life Course Perspective
112
Intergenerational Relations in Changing Times
138
Educational Transitions Trajectories and Pathways
154
Adolescent Work and the Early Socioeconomic Career
2213
Distinguishing Age Period and Cohort Effects
2238
Event History Models for Life Course Analysis
2250
Panel Models for the Analysis of Change and Growth in Life Course Studies
2276
Characterizing the Life Course as Role Configurations and Pathways A Latent Structure Approach
2301
Linking Life Course and Life Story Social Change and the Narrative Study of Lives over Time
2327
Personality Trait Development in Adulthood
2350
Biological Models of Behavior and the Life Course
2367

From Work Trajectories to Negotiated Careers The Contingent Work Life Course
174
Government and the Life Course
1992
The FirstGrade Transition in Life Course Perspective
2014
From Student to Worker
2036
Midcourse Navigating Retirement and a New Life Stage
2053
Desistance from Crime over the Life Course
2077
Migration Human Development and the Life Course
2111
SelfAgency and the Life Course
2147
Connections between Childhood and Adulthood
2168
How and Why the Understanding of Developmental Continuity and Discontinuity is Important The Sample Case of Longterm Consequences of Adol...
2189
Socioeconomic Status and Health over the Life Course Capital as a Unifying Concept
2393
Toward a Global Geography of the Life Course Challenges of Late Modernity for Life Course Theory
2415
Reflections on the Future of the Life Course
2428
Life Course Research Achievements and Potential
2438
Success and Challenge in Demographic Studies of the Life Course
2448
The Future of the Life Course Late Modernity and Life Course Risks
2459
Future of the Life Course
2468
Index
2480
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About the author (2003)

Jeylan T. Mortimer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Michael J. Shanahan is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina. He has co-edited Comparisons in Human Development: Understanding Time and Context, Transitions to Adulthood in a Changing Economy: No Work, No Family, No Future?, and the Handbook of the Life Course.

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