The Life Course: A Sociological IntroductionPaperback
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- Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
- Format: Paperback | 240 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 16mm | 381g
- Publication date: 2 March 2005
- Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
- ISBN 10: 1403914702
- ISBN 13: 9781403914705
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 717,518
Rapid and far-reaching social transformation in Western society over the last few decades has prompted considerable interest in the life course. This accessible and informative text provides a substantive overview to the topic, combining contemporary and more traditional perspectives. Tracing the different stages of the life course through infancy and youth to old age and dying, the book considers what is distinct about a sociological approach to the life course and explores recent debates and changing theoretical perspectives in the context of biological, psychological and social influences.
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Stephen Hunt is Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Sociology at the University of the West of England. He is a referee for the "British Journal of Sociology," the "Journal of Contemporary Religion" and "Humour." He is also on the editorial board for "Pentecostudies." His publications include "Religion in Western Society," "Alternative Religion," and "Anyone for Alpha?"
Table of contents
Theoretical Accounts of the Life Course Social Differentiation and Determinants of the Life Course Reproduction, Infancy and Parenting Childhood: Issues and Perspectives Contemporary Youth Relationships, Sexualities, and the Family Work, Leisure, and Consumption The Challenge of Mid-Life Ageing, Old Age and Death