Focusing on continuities and change, this book looks not only at the different 'phases of life', but also at the transformation of a number of closely related social institutions such as the family, education and the workplace. Recognising that the established cradle-to-grave view is now outdated, the trajectory from infancy and youth to later and end-of-life is followed not as a stable object of study, but as a starting point for critical analysis.
This second edition offers an essential overview of the sociology of the life course, incorporating both contemporary and conventional perspectives. It calls upon current theorising around the life course as well as on up-to-date empirical research data. This thought-provoking text is relevant to researchers and students of life course studies and sociology, as well as to those in nursing, social work and related caring professions.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
|Edition description:||2nd ed. 2017|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)|
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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