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Script of Life in Modern Society Entry into Adulthood in a Changing World

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ISBN-10: 0226078353

ISBN-13: 9780226078359

Edition: 1989

Authors: Marlis Buchmann

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Social scientists generally agree that relations between the different life stages in advanced industrial societies are changing. Far less agreement exists over how to interpret these changes. Using an innovative approach to the study of life course, Marlis Buchmann explores the changes in educational, occupational, and family careers that threaten an end to familiar life patterns characteristic of the mid-twentieth century.
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Book details

List price: $52.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/13/1989
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 264
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
- Societal Provision of Life Scripts and Casts
The Life Course in Modern Society
Social Construction and Individual Organization The Institutionalization of the Life Course Rationalization of the Economy and Polity The Ideology of Individualism State Regulation of the Life Course Cultural Representation of the Life Course and of Life Stages
Validated Social Identities Social Structure and Action Strategies
An Outline of Bourdieu's Theory of Practice The Individual's Life Course
Actual Sequences of Positions and Roles Biographical Orientations and Strategies
Contemporary Societal Transformations and the Changing Nature of the Life Course Contradictory Effects of Education as a Credentialing System The Changing Structure of Occupational Careers Diversification of Family Life Rationalization of Lifetime
The Impact of New Information Technologies Changing Cultural Representations of Life Stages
From Stability to Flexibility?
Social Dynamics between Rationalization and Individualization
Destandardization of the Life Course?
The Dialectics between Choice and Constraint of Individual Action Destandardization of the Life Course and Biographical Perspectives and Strategies
Changing Passages to Adulthood The Social Construction of Youth The Increasing Obsolescence of Youth as a Well-Defined Status Passage
- From the 1960s to the 1980s
Differing Life Conditions and Life Experiences in the Transition to Adulthood
The Sociohistorical Context of the High School Classes of 1960 and 1980 Historical Time and the Aging Process The Impact of Historical Differences in the 1960 and 1980 Cohorts
Biographical Orientations and the Passage to Adulthood in a Changing Society Continuity and Change in Status Expectations and Anticipated Timing of Life Events Shifting Patterns in the Transition to Adulthood
The Increasing Prominence of Education in Everyday Life Changing Composition of Credentials and New Forms of Educational Tracking Access to Higher Education
Who Profits from the Educational Expansion?
Occupational Choices
Somethings Old and Somethings New Male and Female Labor-Force Participation Patterns Devaluation of Educational Credentials Labor Market Value of Credentials and Social Value of Degree Holders Titles and Jobs
Growing Dependency of Occupational Positions on Educational Credentials Occupational Status Attainment
Direct versus Indirect Status Inheritance
The Growing Diversity of the Private Life Course The Timing of Marriage Timetables for Parenthood
Outcomes of Biographical Projects
Social Dependency of Matches and Mismatches Outcomes of High School Educational Plans Outcomes of High School Occupational Plans
Conclusions
Appendix
Notes
References
Index