Handbook of the Life Course

  • Jeylan T. Mortimer
  • Michael J. Shanahan

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Life Course Perspective

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Glen H. Elder Jr., Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson, Robert Crosnoe
      Pages 3-19
  3. Historical and Cross-National Variability in the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Duane F. Alwin, Ryan J. McCammon
      Pages 23-49
    3. Takehiko Kariya, James E. Rosenbaum
      Pages 51-78
  4. Normative Structuring of the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Richard A. Settersten Jr.
      Pages 81-98
  5. Movement Through the Life Course

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Institutional Structuring of Life Course Trajectories

      1. Peter Uhlenberg, Margaret Mueller
        Pages 123-148
      2. Norella M. Putney, Vern L. Bengtson
        Pages 149-164
      3. Walter R. Heinz
        Pages 185-204
      4. Lutz Leisering
        Pages 205-225
    3. Transitions

      1. Doris R. Entwisle, Karl L. Alexander, Linda Steffel Olson
        Pages 229-250
      2. Alan C. Kerckhoff
        Pages 251-267
      3. Phyllis Moen
        Pages 269-291
    4. Turning Point

      1. Robert J. Sampson, John H. Laub
        Pages 295-309
      2. Christopher Uggen, Michael Massoglia
        Pages 311-329

About this book


This comprehensive handbook provides an overview of key theoretical perspectives, concepts, and methodological approaches that, while applied to diverse phenomena, are united in their general approach to the study of lives across age phases. In surveying the wide terrain of life course studies with dual emphases on theory and empirical research, this important reference work presents probative concepts and methods and identifies promising avenues for future research.

Included are sections on history and cross-national variability, normative structuring, movement through the life course, transitions in the life course, turning points, connections between life phases, methodology, and the future of the life course. A major reference work and a seminal text, it is essential reading for social scientists studying phases within the life course, social psychologists in sociology and psychology, demographers and academics in the field of the life course as well as students in these disciplines.


capital demography empirical research Figuration Generation Institution methodology methods migration Nation personality social change sociology transition well-being

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeylan T. Mortimer
    • 1
  • Michael J. Shanahan
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaMinneapolis
  2. 2.University of North CarolinaChapel Hill

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b100507
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47498-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-48247-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6903
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