Major economic, technological and demographic forces are combining to influence the ways in which the very structures of people's lives are changed by the work they do. The major defining features of life course, including patterns of entry to and exit from work, are shifting, as is the very nature of jobs and careers. In this multidisciplinary collection of essays, forty-eight social scientists from seven countries examine changes in the organization of work and their impact on people at various stages of the life course. In seeking to consolidate and advance life course theory, the four editors of this volume have sought out and encouraged a wide range of approaches to life course theorizing, methodologies, and research designs. The contributing scholars examine the influence of economic, technological, and demographic forces on public, corporate, and union policies concerning the organisation of work.
The topics covered include: education, labour market change, and transitions in the earlier and middle stages of the working life course; later life transitions in relation to the restructuring of work, and retirement transitions; and various aspects of the relationship between individual biography and social structure, with close attention to gender and family issues over the life course.
Victor W. Marshall is Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Director, University of North Carolina Institute on Aging. Helga Kruger is co-Chair of Life Course Centre, University of Bremen. Walter Heinz is co-Chair of the Life Course Centre, University of Toronto. Anil Verma is a professor at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Industrial Relations, University of Toronto.