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The Life Course Reader

Individuals and Societies across Time

The course of human lives in Western society is inescapably shaped by political, cultural, and economic factors. Changes in these spheres inevitably lead to changes in our conceptions of everything from childhood and adulthood to family structures and living arrangements. The nineteen articles collected in The Life Course Reader offer a range of both theoretical and empirical studies of changing conceptions of the life course. Drawing on data from North America and Europe, the Reader will be indispensable for anyone studying human development and the twenty-first century family.


591 pages | 6 x 9

Sociology: General Sociology


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Table of Contents

1. Fundamental Conceptual Frameworks

2. Life Course Policy: The State and Social Institutions

3. Social Structure, Markets, and Inequality

4. Linked Lives, Families, and Intergenerational Relations

5. Transitions, Biographies, and Agency

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