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Shanahan, Michael J. & Macmillan, Ross (2008). Biography and the Sociological Imagination: Contexts and Contingencies. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.


Because life course sociology is an imaginative framework, Biography and the Sociological Imagination is less about "what we know" about the life course and more about "how to think" about changing societies and aging by drawing on life course ideas. Drawing from the latest research and using stories of real people, Shanahan and Macmillan spur readers to imagine alternative ways of organizing society and the implications of these alternatives for the biography.

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Contemporary Societies


Shanahan, Michael J.
Macmillan, Ross