Handbook of the Life Course

Volume II

  • Michael J. Shanahan
  • Jeylan T. Mortimer
  • Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael J. Shanahan, Jeylan T. Mortimer, Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson
    Pages 1-23
  3. Foundations of Life Course Studies and Future Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Glen H. Elder Jr., Linda K. George
      Pages 59-85
    3. Dale Dannefer, Jessica Kelley-Moore, Wenxuan Huang
      Pages 87-110
    4. Gunhild O. Hagestad, Pearl A. Dykstra
      Pages 131-157
  4. Changing Social Contexts and Life Course Patterns

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Sandra Hofferth, Frances Goldscheider
      Pages 161-178
    3. Robert Crosnoe, Aprile D. Benner
      Pages 179-200
    4. Claudia Zapata-Gietl, James E. Rosenbaum, Caitlin Ahearn, Kelly Iwanaga Becker
      Pages 201-221
    5. Pia N. Blossfeld, Gwendolin J. Blossfeld, Hans-Peter Blossfeld
      Pages 223-247
    6. Phyllis Moen
      Pages 249-275
    7. Andrew S. London, Janet M. Wilmoth
      Pages 277-300
    8. Sara Wakefield, Robert Apel
      Pages 301-319
    9. Jack DeWaard
      Pages 321-338
  5. Health and Development Through the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Ariel Kalil, Greg J. Duncan, Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest
      Pages 341-354
    3. Mark D. Hayward, Connor M. Sheehan
      Pages 355-368
    4. Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Jeremy Staff, John E. Schulenberg, Megan E. Patrick
      Pages 369-388
    5. Kenneth F. Ferraro
      Pages 389-406
    6. William R. Avison
      Pages 407-429
    7. Steven Hitlin, Hye Won Kwon
      Pages 431-449
    8. Duane F. Alwin, Jason R. Thomas, Linda A. Wray
      Pages 451-488
  6. Life Course Research Methodologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 489-489
    2. Joseph C. Hermanowicz
      Pages 491-513
    3. Ravaris Moore, Jennie E. Brand
      Pages 515-539
    4. Christopher R. Browning, Kathleen A. Cagney, Bethany Boettner
      Pages 597-620
  7. The Life Course and Policy: Building the Nexus

About this book


Building on the success of the 2003 Handbook of the Life Course, this second volume identifies future directions for life course research and policy. The introductory essay and the chapters that make up the five sections of this book show consensus on strategic “next steps” in life course studies. These next steps are explored in detail in each section: Section I, on life course theory, provides fresh perspectives on well-established topics, including cohorts, life stages, and legal and regulatory contexts. It challenges life course scholars to move beyond common individualistic paradigms. Section II highlights changes in major institutional and organizational contexts of the life course. It draws on conceptual advances and recent empirical findings to identify promising avenues for research that illuminate the interplay between structure and agency. It examines trends in family, school, and workplace, as well as contexts that deserve heightened attention, including the military, the criminal justice system, and natural and man-made disaster. The remaining three sections consider advances and suggest strategic opportunities in the study of health and development throughout the life course; methodological innovations, including qualitative and three-generational longitudinal research designs, causal analysis, growth curves, and the study of place; and building bridges between life course research and public policy.


Causal Analysis in Life Course Research Culture and the Life Course Future Research on Life Course Growth and Diffusion of Life Course Research Institutionalization of the Life Course Life Course Research and Policy Life Course Research for Educational Careers Life Course Research for Familial Careers Life Course Research for Work Careers Life Course Sociology Life Course Theory Social Circumstances in the Study of Biographical Patterns Social Structures and the Life Course Study on Complexities of Timing The Life Course and Behavioral Medicine The Life Course and Epidemiology The Life Course and Psychology The Life Course and Spatial Analysis Transitions in the Life Course

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Shanahan
    • 1
  • Jeylan T. Mortimer
    • 2
  • Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Life Course Center and Department of SociologyUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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