The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory

@inproceedings{Elder2003TheEA,
  title={The Emergence and Development of Life Course Theory},
  author={Glen H. Elder and Monica Kirkpatrick Johnson and Robert Crosnoe},
  year={2003}
}
Today, the life course perspective is perhaps the pre-eminent theoretical orientation in the study of lives, but this has not always been the case. The life histories and future trajectories of individuals and groups were largely neglected by early sociological research. In the pioneering study, The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1918-1920), W. I. Thomas (with Florian Znaniecki) first made use of such histories and trajectories and argued strongly that they be investigated more fully by… 
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