The Life Course: A Sociological Introduction

The Life Course: A Sociological Introduction

by Stephen J. Hunt

Paperback(2nd ed. 2017)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137521958
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 09/16/2016
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2017
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Stephen Hunt is Associate Professor at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK, with specialised research interest in religion and contemporary culture. His publications include The Handbook of Global Contemporary Christianity (2015), A History of the Charismatic Movement in Britain and the United States of America (2009), Religion in Everyday Life (2005) and The Alpha Enterprise (2004).

Table of Contents

Introduction.- 1. From Life Cycle to the Life Course: Theoretical Accounts.- 2. The Life Course in Late/Post-Modernity.- 3. Social Differentiation and Determinants of the Life Course.- 4. Reproduction, Pregnancy and Childbirth.- 5. Infancy and Parenting.- 6. Childhood: Issues and Perspectives.- 7. Youth and Emerging Adulthood.- 8. Adulthood: Work, Leisure, and Consumption.- 9. Relationships, Intimacy, and Family Life.- 10. Constructing Mid-Life.- 11. Ageing and Later Life.- 12. End of Life, Death and Dying.

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This thoroughly revised and well-crafted overview usefully draws together a range of empirical evidence on the life course and its stages, as well as examining theoretical and conceptual issues. Hunt's book is rigorous, simulating and very accessible. For me, it is the leading text book in its field.' –Jane Pilcher, University of Leicester, UK

'Stephen Hunt provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and important overview of the contemporary life course. He captures the enormity of social changes in institutions, demographics, technologies, economies and lifestyles that are upending conventional roles and routines as well as expected transitions and trajectories, fostering both uncertainty and risk.' –Phyllis Moen, University of Minnesota, US

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