The volume speaks to both experienced scholars and graduate students of the life course. Advanced scholars will benefit from the latest in life course research domains and from a comprehensive overview of life course methodologies. Graduate students of the life course will find in the book an original introduction to many empirical aspects of life course research and to the application of innovative methods to various research settings, as well as rich bibliographical references from the research literature in English, German and French.
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Looking at Ambivalences: The Contribution of a "New-Old" View of Intergenerational Relations to the Study of the Life Course. (K. Lüscher).
Part II: Transitions. Agency and Structure in Educational Attainment and the Transition to Adulthood. (J. Mortimer, J.T. Staff, J.C Lee). Non-Normative Life Course Transitions: Reflections on the Significance of Demographic Events on Lives. (F.Y. Furstenberg). The Secret of Transitions: The Interplay of Complexity and Reduction in Life Course Analysis. (K. Bird, H. Krüger). Part III: Biographical Re-Construction. Life-Course Transitions and Social Identity Change. (N. Emler). The Impact of Personality and Living Context on Remembering Biographical Transitions. (P. Perrig-Chiello, W.J. Perrig). Studying Lives in Time: A Narrative Approach. (D.P. McAdams). Part IV: Methodological Innovations. Life Course Analysis: Two (Complementary) Cultures? Some Reflections with Examples Form the Analysis of the Transition to Adulthood. (F.C. Billari). Life Course Data in Demography and Social Sciences: Statistical and Data-Mining Approaches. (G. Ritschard, M. Oris). Five Steps in Latent Curve Modeling with Longitudinal Life-Span Data. (J.J. McArdle).
Afterthoughts. Incitations for Interdisciplinarity in Life Course Research. (P. Ghisletta et al.).