Since the end of the Second World War, society has been characterised by rapid and extensive political, economic, scientific, and technological change. Opportunities for education, employment, human relations, and good health, have all been greatly affected by those changes, as have all aspects of life. Consequently, each post-war generation has been like no other before or since.
Britain, uniquely, has five large-scale life course studies that began at intervals throughout that period. They have shown how lives are shaped by individual characteristics, their past and current experiences and opportunities, and so reflect their times. This book describes those fundamental changes that affected life chances differently in each generation, and how governments struggled to accommodate the changes with new policies for improving and managing the nation's capital in terms of education, family policy, health, human rights, and economics.
A Companion to Life Course Studies provides a resource for the interpretation of the findings and design differences in the five studies, and the stimulus for new comparisons of life course between these differing generations that would contribute to policy and to understanding.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
'...the book functions...as a useful and practical starting point for those intending to use the cohort studies for research.'
'...extremely helpful to those embarking on their own studies, giving an immediate and comprehensive source of additional background reading...'
'Alternatively, for those simply in search of an interesting summary of social, political and religious shifts over than past half century, this book is a highly enjoyable read.'
-Claire Packham in Significance
'Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals/practitioners, especially in sociology.'
-J. A. Jaffe, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Choice, Jan 2012
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