Social Problem2 - 2 The stages of life differ considerably...

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Social Problems Aging and Inequality • The life course refers to the socially constructed stages that people pass through as they live out their lives. • Although people think of “growing old” and “growing up” in biological terms, sociologists argue that stages of life are socially constructed for two reasons: 1) The way people experience childhood or any other stage of life depends on factors such as their class, race, ethnicity, and gender.
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Unformatted text preview: 2) The stages of life differ considerably from one society to another.- The point in history when people are born also influences what people experience as they go through life. The term cohort refers to a category of people who share some trait, usually their age. Age-cohorts share similar experiences because they are influenced by the same economic and cultural trends over time....
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