Life Cycle, Life Course, Lifespan

  • José Luis Iparraguirre


This chapter introduces three key related but distinct concepts: life cycle, lifespan, and life course. It continues with a presentation of additional theoretical constructs: transitions, trajectories, and turning points. The chapter closes with a review of the life course perspective and two central organising approaches in gerontological studies: the cumulative advantage/disadvantage and the age-as-leveller hypotheses.


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  • José Luis Iparraguirre
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  1. 1.University of MorónBuenos AiresArgentina
  2. 2.Age UKLondonUK

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