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History, Agency, and the Life Course


Shanahan, Michael J. & Elder, Glen H., Jr. (2002). History, Agency, and the Life Course.. Crockett, Lisa J. (Ed.) (pp. 179-186). Lincoln, Neb.: University of Nebraska Press.


In what ways do individuals influence the course of their lives? How do people construct a unique life path within the opportunities and constraints afforded by their world?
This volume examines how agency in the life course can be conceptualized and investigates the specific ways in which personal characteristics and contextual variables play a role in shaping individual lives. The contributors offer differing perspectives on agency, how its expression changes over a lifetime, and how it is constrained, channeled, or altered by cultural and social institutions.

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Nebraska Symposium on Motivation


Shanahan, Michael J.
Elder, Glen H., Jr.