By Glen H. Elder Jr., Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Robert Crosnoe (auth.), Jeylan T. Mortimer, Michael J. Shanahan (eds.)
This entire instruction manual offers an outline of key theoretical views, suggestions, and methodological methods that, whereas utilized to different phenomena, are united of their common method of the learn of lives throughout age levels. In surveying the huge terrain of lifestyles direction reviews with twin emphases on conception and empirical learn, this crucial reference paintings provides probative innovations and strategies and identifies promising avenues for destiny research.
Included are sections on background and cross-national variability, normative structuring, circulate throughout the existence direction, transitions within the lifestyles path, turning issues, connections among existence stages, method, and the way forward for the lifestyles direction. an enormous reference paintings and a seminal textual content, it's crucial examining for social scientists learning levels in the lifestyles direction, social psychologists in sociology and psychology, demographers and lecturers within the box of the existence path in addition to scholars in those disciplines.
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While the authors provide some interesting intercohort comparisons of earnings differentials, their article did not contain any information about intergenerational change in incomes within families. Other research designs actually collect data from more than one generation. Jennings and Neimi’s (1981) classic study of a nationally representative sample of high-school seniors and their parents charted the development of political views among young adults in relation Generations, Cohorts, and Social Change 29 to their parents through the 1960s and early 1970s.
The initiation of new relationships can shape lives as well, by fostering “turning points” that lead to a change in behavior or by fostering behavioral continuity. Sampson and Laub (1993), for example, found that marriage and employment helped turn troubled young men toward more conventional lives by providing a network of individuals to reinforce conventional behavior. Not surprisingly, Simons and his colleagues (2001) found that the effects of these social networks depend on whether the activities of the individuals involved were conventional or anti-social.
Consistent with this account, the Berkeley boys from hard-pressed families tended to rise above the disadvantage of their childhoods by entering the service at relatively young age (Elder, 1974, 1999). Later entry resulted in more life disruptions and fewer benefits. Sampson and Laub (1996) also obtained such results in their longitudinal study of low-income youth from Boston who entered World War II. 5. The Principle of Linked Lives: Lives are lived interdependently and socio-historical influences are expressed through this network of shared relationships Often, individuals are affected by larger social changes through the impact that such changes have on their interpersonal contexts within more micro-level settings.
Handbook of the Life Course by Glen H. Elder Jr., Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Robert Crosnoe (auth.), Jeylan T. Mortimer, Michael J. Shanahan (eds.)