What are the most effective methods for doing life-course research? In this volume, the field's founders and leaders answer this question, giving readers tips on: the art and method of the appropriate research design; the collection of life-history data; and the search for meaningful patterns to be found in the results.
About the Author
Glen H. Elder, Jr. is Research Professor of Sociology and Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and manages a research program on life course studies. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California (Berkeley) and Cornell University. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Elder has served as Vice-President of the American Sociological Association (1989), and as President of the Sociological Research Association (1999) and of the Society for Research on Child Development (1995-97). His books (authored, co-authored, edited) include Children of the Great Depression (1974; 1999, expanded edition), Life Course Dynamics (1985), Children in Time and Place (1993), Families in Troubled Times (1994), Examining Lives in Context (1995), Developmental Science (1996), Methods of Life Course Research (1998), and Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America (2000: William J. Goode Award).
Table of ContentsForeword - Anne Colby Crafting Life Course StudiesPART ONE: THE LIFE COURSE MODE OF INQUIRYLife Course Research - Janet Z Giele and Glen H Elder Jr Development of a FieldA Life Course Approach - Matilda White Riley Autobiographical NotesThe Craft of Life Course Studies - Angela M O'RandPART TWO: DATA COLLECTION AND MEASUREMENTData Organization and Conceptualization - Nancy Karweit and David KertzerRetrospective vs Prospective Measurement of Life Histories in Longitudinal Research - Jacqueline Scott and Duane AlwinFinding Respondents in a Follow-Up Study - Donna Dempster-McClain and Phyllis MoenCollecting Life History Data - Erika Brückner and Karl Ulrich Mayer Experiences from the German Life History StudyPART THREE: STRATEGIES FOR ANALYSISLife Reviews and Life Stories - John A ClausenIntegrating Quantitative and Qualitative Data - John H Laub and Robert J SampsonInnovation in the Typical Life Course - Janet Z GieleLinking History and Human Lives - Glen H Elder Jr and Lisa Pellerin