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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 inThe Life Course Readeroffer a range of both theoretical and empirical studies of changing conceptions of the life course. Drawing on data from North America and Europe, theReaderwill be indispensable for anyone studying human development and the twenty-first century family.
Walter R. Heinz is professor emeritus of sociology and psychology at the University of Bremen. Johannes Huinink is professor of sociology at the University of Bremen. Ansgar Weymann is professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Empirical and Applied Sociology.
Table of Contents
Fundamental Conceptual Frameworks
Life Course and Social Structure
The World We Forgot: A Historical Review of the Life Course
Perspectives on the Life Course
Life Course Policy. The State and Its Institutions
Life Course Policy. The State and Its Institutions. Introduction to Section II
The State and the Life Course
The Life Course, Institutions, and Life Course Policy
The Life-Course Regime: Ambiguities Between Interrelatedness and Individualization
Toward a Theory of Life Course Institutionalization
Inequality, Markets, and the Life Course
Inequality, Markets, and the Life Course. Introduction to Section III
New Routes to Employment: Integration and Exclusion
Occupational Careers Under Different Welfare Regimes: West Germany, Great Britain and Sweden
A Life-Course Perspective on Social Exclusion and Poverty
Comparing Paths of Transition: Employment Opportunities and Earnings in East Germany and Poland During the First Ten Years of the Transformation Process
Linked Lives, Families, and Intergenerational Relations
Linked Lives, Families, and Intergenerational Relations. Introduction to Section IV
From Youth to Adulthood: Understanding Changing Patterns of Family Formation From a Life Course Perspective
Theoretical Perspectives on Couples' Careers
Linked Lives: A Transgenerational Approach to Resilience
Interdependent Lives and Relationships in Changing Times: A Life-Course View of Families and Aging
Transitions: Biography and Agency
Transitions: Biography and Agency. Introduction to Section V
Adult Lives in a Changing Society
Structure, Agency, and the Space Between: On the Challenges and Contradictions of a Blended View of the Life Course
Status Passages as Micro-Macro Linkages in Life Course Research
Clocking Out: Temporal Patterning of Retirement
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