Transitions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123251503, 9781483218069

Transitions

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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Description

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

Economic Variables and the Life Course

Budget Constraints

Alternative Responses to Economic Change

Concluding Remarks

References

10 Comparative Notes on the Life Course

Index


Details

No. of pages:
336
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1978
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483218069

About the Editor

Tamara K. Hareven

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