Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research

Handbook of the Life Course

Editors: Mortimer, Jeylan T., Shanahan, Michael J. (Eds.)

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About this Textbook

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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From the reviews:

"This weighty collection of 34 research studies comprehensively examines the 'life course,' defined as '...the age graded socially-embedded sequence of roles that connect the phases of life.' The text's strenghts: comprehensiveness and comparative and historical perspectives.  Highly recommended. Reference collections, upper-division undergraduate and above." (S.D. Borchert, Lake Erie College, CHOICE)

 

"Many of the current luminaries or up-and -comers in life course research are included. On balance this is a terrific book.  And at 728 pages is is brimming with insights, syntheses, and reference material.  (Just for fun, it weights 3 lbs. 13 oz). This book is well worth the price and will be a welcome addition to any library." (Timothy J. Owens, Purdue University, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews.)


Table of contents (34 chapters)

  • The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory

    Elder, Glen H. (et al.)

    Pages 3-19

  • Generations, Cohorts, and Social Change

    Alwin, Duane F. (et al.)

    Pages 23-49

  • Stratified Incentives and Life Course Behaviors

    Kariya, Takehiko (et al.)

    Pages 51-78

  • Age Structuring and the Rhythm of the Life Course

    Settersten, Richard A.

    Pages 81-98

  • Parental Identification, Couple Commitment, and Problem Solving among Newlyweds

    Tallman, Irving

    Pages 103-121

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eBook $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of the Life Course
Editors
  • Jeylan T. Mortimer
  • Michael J. Shanahan
Series Title
Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-306-48247-2
DOI
10.1007/b100507
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-47498-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-32457-9
Series ISSN
1389-6903
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 728
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