Social Networks and the Life Course

Integrating the Development of Human Lives and Social Relational Networks

  • Duane F. Alwin
  • Diane H. Felmlee
  • Derek A. Kreager

Part of the Frontiers in Sociology and Social Research book series (FSSR, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Theoretical Perspectives on Social Networks and the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Duane F. Alwin, Diane H. Felmlee, Derek A. Kreager
      Pages 3-26
  3. Social Network Perspectives on the Life Course

  4. Marriage and Family Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Paul R. Amato, Spencer L. James
      Pages 139-158
  5. Childhood and Adolescent Social Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Diane H. Felmlee, Cassie McMillan, Paulina Inara Rodis, D. Wayne Osgood
      Pages 161-184
    3. Robert Crosnoe, Julie Skalamera Olson, Jacob E. Cheadle
      Pages 205-218
  6. Gender and Social Networks

  7. Race and Social Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Duane F. Alwin, Jason R. Thomas, Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins
      Pages 285-313
    3. David R. Schaefer, Sandra D. Simpkins, Andrea Vest Ettekal
      Pages 315-339
  8. Tracking Social Networks Through Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 341-341
    2. Benjamin Cornwell, Edward O. Laumann
      Pages 343-365
  9. Inter-generational Social Networks

  10. Exploring the Potential of Social Networks as Mechanisms for Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Derek A. Kreager, Martin Bouchard, George De Leon, David R. Schaefer, Michaela Soyer, Jacob T. N. Young et al.
      Pages 433-451
    3. Kelly L. Rulison, Scott D. Gest, Mark Feinberg, D. Wayne Osgood
      Pages 453-475
  11. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 477-477
    2. Derek A. Kreager, Diane H. Felmlee, Duane F. Alwin
      Pages 479-486
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 487-493

About this book


This volume engages the interface between the development of human lives and social relational networks. It focuses on the integration of two subfields of sociology/social science--the life course and social networks. Research practitioners studying social networks typically focus on social structure or social organization, ignoring the complex lives of the people in those networks. At the same time, life course researchers tend to focus on individual lives without necessarily studying the contexts of social relationships in which lives are embedded and “linked” to one another through social networks. These patterns are changing and this book creates an audience of researchers who will better integrate the two subfields. It covers the role of social networks across the life span, from childhood and adolescence, to midlife, through old age.


Life Course Perspectives on Social Networks Social Relationships for the Life Course Life Course Studies Social Networks Perspectives Social Relational Networks Childhood and Adolescent Social Networks Spousal Relationships over the Life Course Adolescents’ Life Course Goals Gender and Social Networks Race and Social Networks Adult Wellbeing Social Networks and Prison Therapeutic Communities Networks and School-Based Prevention Programs Inter-Generational Social Networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Duane F. Alwin
    • 1
  • Diane H. Felmlee
    • 2
  • Derek A. Kreager
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and CriminologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology and CriminologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Sociology and CriminologyPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71543-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71544-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2523-3424
  • Series Online ISSN 2523-3432
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