Restructuring Work and the Life Course

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Victor W. Marshall
University of Toronto Press, 2001 - Social Science - 544 pages
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Major economic, technological and demographic forces are combining to influence the ways in which the very structures of people's lives are changed by the work they do. The major defining features of life course, including patterns of entry to and exit from work, are shifting, as is the very nature of jobs and careers. In this multidisciplinary collection of essays, forty-eight social scientists from seven countries examine changes in the organization of work and their impact on people at various stages of the life course.

In seeking to consolidate and advance life course theory, the four editors of this volume have sought out and encouraged a wide range of approaches to life course theorizing, methodologies, and research designs. The contributing scholars examine the influence of economic, technological, and demographic forces on public, corporate, and union policies concerning the organisation of work. The topics covered include: education, labour market change, and transitions in the earlier and middle stages of the working life course; later life transitions in relation to the restructuring of work, and retirement transitions; and various aspects of the relationship between individual biography and social structure, with close attention to gender and family issues over the life course.

  

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Contents

A CosmopolitanLocal Perspective
3
PART ONE Education Labour Market and Transitions in
23
Youth Transitions and the New World f Work
29
Trends in Overeducation
45
The Transition from Vocational Training to Employment
61
The Movement
84
Changing Lifecourse
142
Full Time or Part Time? The Contradictory Integration of
159
Generational and Lifecourse Patterns of Occupational Retrench
319
Changing Working Patterns and the PublicPrivate Mix
332
Japans Current Policy Focus on Longer Employment
348
The Career Break as an Alternative to Earlyexit Schemes
360
What Role
375
Work Family and Gender
424
Some Theoretical Questions
446
Work
462

Unemployment and Its Consequences for Mental Health
177
Family Turningpoints and Career Transitions at Midlife
201
Restructuring Work and the Transition
229
Gender Differences in Transitions to Totalwork Retirement
258
Findings from
270
Is There Life after Career Employment? Labourmarket Experience
288
Lifecourse Experiences of
473
Structure and Agency in Young
489
A Longitudinal Analysis of
505
A Historical Perspective
525
CONTRIBUTORS
540
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Victor W. Marshall is Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Director, University of North Carolina Institute on Aging. Walter Heinz is co-chair of the Life Course Centre, University of Bremen. Helga Krueger is Professor of Sociology and co-chair of the Life Course Centre, University of Bremen.

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