Life Course Perspectives on Military Service

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Janet M. Wilmoth, Andrew S. London
Routledge, Jan 4, 2013 - Social Science - 400 pages
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This edited volume provides a comprehensive and critical review of what we know about military service and the life course, what we don’t know, and what we need to do to better understand the role of military service in shaping people's lives. It demonstrates that the military, like colleges and prisons, is a key social institution that engages individuals in early adulthood and shapes processes of cumulative (dis)advantage over the life course.  The chapters provide topical synthesizes of the vast but diffuse research literatures on military service and the life course, while the volume as a whole helps to set the agenda for the next generation of data collection and scholarship. Chapter authors pay particular attention to how the military has changed over time; how experiences of military service vary across cohorts and persons with different characteristics; how military service affects the lives of service members’ spouses, children, and families; and the linkages between research and policy.

 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
Integration into or Isolation from Normal Adult Roles?
19
The American Civil War and World War II
48
4 RaceEthnicity and Immigration Status in the US Military
68
5 Military Service and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Lives
97
6 Military Service as a Pathway to Early Socioeconomic Achievement for Disadvantaged Groups ...
119
7 Labor Market Outcomes among Veterans and Military Spouses
144
Military Service and Family RelationshipsA LifeCourse Perspective
165
10 A Matter of Life and Death Military Service and Health
200
11 Military Service Social Policy and LaterLife Financial and Health Security
221
Past Present and Future
243
13 Methodological Problems in Determining the Consequences of Military Service
254
14 Setting an Agenda for Future Research on Military Service and the Life Course
275
References
291
Contributors
337
Index
347

9 Military Employment and Spatial Mobility across the Life Course
185

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Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London are Professors of Sociology at the Aging Studies Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University.

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