111711 - Sociology of the Life Course Prof. Kristen Schultz...

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Sociology of the Life Course Prof. Kristen Schultz Lee 11-17-11 Overview o Normative timing of life events? Age-segregated versus an age-integrated society Rigid age norms versus flexible age timetables Marriage in later-life o Turning points: What are they? How are they different than transitions? What are some examples of them? o Life midcourse What is the myth of lockstep careers? What is the “career mystique”? What alternatives to the lockstep transition to retirement do we see during the midcourse stage? Second Acts as an alternative to the lockstep transition to retirement What socio-historical factors have contributed to our reconsideration of retirement? What are some examples of structural lag relating to retirement in our society? How can we deal with this structural lag? Review: Age Stratification Theory o Macro theory of aging o Age Integration Theory o Society also has age-integrated institutions o Different societies are more age-integrated than others Riley (1994) Model Rigid age norms vs. Flexible age timetables o Age deadlines do not seem to constrain behavior Cultural timetables vs. Personal timetables o Why don’t people feel pressure to conform to age timetables that most people agree exist? The social construction of the normative life course o Moen and Roehling (2005, p. 12) argue that the gendered division of labor and the tripartite life course are “social inventions, products of industrialization, urbanization, suburbanization, and bureaucratization”
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Transition to Marriage o An age timetable clearly exists but people still exhibit agency in choosing to get married at other stages of the life course o “Daughter of the Bride” Think about the following questions:
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Lee during the Fall '11 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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111711 - Sociology of the Life Course Prof. Kristen Schultz...

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