091311 - Sociology of the Life Course SOC 308 Professor...

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Sociology of the Life Course SOC 308 Professor Kristen Schultz Lee 9/13/11 Overview o Linked lives continued o Life cycle vs. life course vs. life span The family life cycle vs. the life course model of the family o Other Models of the Life Course o Age and Aging Societal aging, theories of aging, aging and the family Why is age interesting? What are some alternative metrics of time? Linked Lives examples life cycle vs. life course vs. life span o Life span : maximum life expectancy for the average individual o The “life cycle” must include an attention to: The Family Life Cycle Based on Western model of the nuclear family in mid-20 th century Little attention to variation in family behavior No attention to timing o Life course Individual level construct Timing and sequencing of stages in development Development of the life course model of the family o Focus on the individual contextualized in a family, peer group, or community
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