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Elder, Glen H., Jr. (1992). Models of the Life Course. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 21(5), 632-635.


Life-course studies today represent an emerging field of inquiry that dates back, in recent times, to the 1960s. Distinctive of this development is its fresh emphasis on time, process, and context. Pioneering longitudinal studies of children born in the 1920s and 1930s became studies of adulthood in the postwar years, shifting attention to trajectories that extend across specific life stages (Eichorn et al. 1981). An accelerated pace of population aging also gave significance to problems of aging and to their study (Binstock and George 1990). Research questions about the experience of old age directed inquiry to earlier phases of life and to the process by which life patterns are shaped by an ever-changing society (Elder 1992). This link between lives and societal change is one of the most distinctive features of life-course studies today.


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Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews


Elder, Glen H., Jr.