110811 - Sociology of the Life Course Prof Kristen Schultz...

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Sociology of the Life Course Prof Kristen Schultz Lee 11/08/11 Overview o Final unit: timing, transitions, and trajectories Definitions, Examples, Connections among Concepts Population-based studies of transitions versus individual studies The transition to adulthood: what is it, how has it changed, and why? Settersten’s research on the transition to adulthood What are social norms? What were his key findings? What is Timing? o Timing refers to when something occurs in an individual’s life course. What is a Life Transition? o Role entry and exit o Examples of life transitions What is a Life Course Trajectory? How are Timing, Trajectories, and Transitions Related? o Transitions are embedded in trajectories o The timing of transitions is important in comparing different trajectories Life Course Transitions o Studies of life course transitions can be divided into two groups: population-based studies and studies of individuals (George 1993). Population-based studies of life transitions
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