Life Course Staging as Cultural and Subjective Practice: Review, Critique, and Theoretical Possibilities

  title={Life Course Staging as Cultural and Subjective Practice: Review, Critique, and Theoretical Possibilities},
  author={Diederik F. Janssen},
  journal={Culture \& Psychology},
  pages={541 - 560}
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