The Life Course

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Unformatted text preview: The Life Course The Life Course • Begins with conception • Ends with death • Society gives meaning to biological facts • Three stages of role socialization – Anticipatory socialization – Learning expectations and shaping roles – Continual entry and exit from successive roles Childhood • Views of young humans differ with culture and time • 2 years – In doll play, exhibit basic ability to represent other people as independent agents • 6 years – pretending to play several simultaneous roles • 7-8 years – fastest development • Variation due to family’s social capital Adolescence • Physiological maturation and adult responsibilities are disassociated in many countries • Puberty rites symbolize child → adult transition • Adolescence “ invention” of industrial society • Not necessarily stormy Young Adulthood • Youth – people of college and graduate school age • Family autonomy • Age norms, social clock, life events • Erik Erikson’s eight stages • Daniel J. Levinson – structure modification Middle Adulthood...
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