Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123251503, 9781483218069


1st Edition

The Family and the Life Course in Historical Perspective

Editors: Tamara K. Hareven
eBook ISBN: 9781483218069
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1978
Page Count: 336
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Transitions: The Family and the Life Course in Historical Perspective covers a life-course analysis in relation to history and the application of the approach to a common data set for late 19th-century American communities in Essex County, Massachusetts. The book discusses the life-course development in relation to historical change; the historical changes in age configurations along the life course; and the use of demographic scaffolding for analyzing family behavior and life-course transitions. The text also describes models of economic behavior to the historical patterns; the choices that individuals and families make in the timing of different life-course transitions; and the scheduling of life-course transitions. Marriage; children's entry into and exit from school; patterns of women's entry into the labor force; and the affect on household structure of transitions into old age are also considered. Historians, sociologists, and demographers will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors Foreword Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: The Historical Study of the Life Course The Family Cycle The Historical Study of the Life Course Methodology Agenda for Future Research References 1 Family History and the Life Course The Life Course as a Perspective The Timing and Order of Events: Cause and Consequence Temporal Patterns in Marriage and the Family Social Change in the Life Course The Family Cycle and Life Course Overview References 2 Changing Configurations of the Life Course Conceptual Framework Data Available from Census and Vital Statistics Reports Major Demographic Trends in the United States Since 1870 Successive Cohorts during Childhood Life-Course Patterns during Adult Years Cohorts as They Enter Old Age Conclusion References 3 The Setting: The Essex County Context 4 Marriage and Family Formation The Essex Sample References 5 From Fireside to Factory: School Entry and School Leaving in Nineteenth-Century Massachusetts Introduction Schooling and Child Labor in Essex County, 1860-1880 Multiple Classification Analysis of School Attendance in 1860 and 1880 Conclusion Appendix: The Uses of Multiple Classification Analysis References 6 Women's Work and the Life Course in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1880 Background Data Findings Conclusion References 7 Family Transitions into Old Age Data and Methods General Pattern Changing Economic Conditions References 8 Transitions: Patterns of Timing Factors Affecting Transitions The Pace and Sequence of Transitions The Impact of Ethnicity and Class Family Economy and the Timing of Transitions Communities and Local Markets Historical Implications References 9 Economic Perspectives on the Life Course


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