The human life course is filled with and subject to a wide range of personal difficulties, many of which are shared by others. Life events and processes such as birth, childhood, training for and entering an occupation, marriage, and procreation, growing older, death and dying are all subject to dilemmas, obstacles, and barriers. Social Problems across the Life Course offers accessible readings that examine the societal construction of social problems out of the personal troubles that people confront at major life stages. The essays provide an overview and illustrate the theory and principals that inform both the life course and social problems. Introductions by the editors vividly introduce the research and key theories in this unique anthology, perhaps the only one available to help students understand how life stages and personal and social problems interact.
The late Helena Z. Lopata was professor emerita of sociology at Loyola University. Judith A. Levy is an associate professor in the School of Public Health, Health Policy, and Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Construction of Social Problems across the Life Course Part 3 II Social Problems in Childhood Chapter 4 Childhood and Public Life: Reaffirming Biographical Divisions Chapter 5 Sexuality and Gender in Childrens' Daily Worlds Part 6 III Socialization and Education Chapter 7 Getting Rid of Troublemakers: High School Disciplinary Procedures and Production of Dropouts Chapter 8 Learning Collective Eminence: Harvard Law School and the Social Production of Elite Lawyers PART 9 IV Adolescence and Yound Adulthood Chapter 10 From Empty Nest to Crowded Nest: The Dynamics of Incompletely-launched Young Adults Chapter 11 Social Construction of HIV Transmission and Prevention among Heterosexual Young Adults Part 12 V Marriage and Family Chapter 13 Thinking about the Baby: Gender Divisions of Infant Care Chapter 14 Contributions to Children by Divorced Fathers Part 15 VI Careers Chapter 16 Outsider within the Station House: The Impact of Race and Gender on Black Women Chapter 17 Shifts and Oscillations in Deviant Careers Part 18 VII Aging and Dying Chapter 19 The Politics of Menopause: The 'Discovery' of a Deficiency Disease Chapter 20 Family Status and Poverty among Older Women: The Gendered Distribution of Retirement Income in the United States Chapter 21 Failing Health Care and the Desire for Independence: Two Conflicting Aspects of Health Care in Old Age Chapter 22 Death and Personal History: Strategies of Identity Preservation Part 23 VIII Conclusions