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The Persistence of the Standardized Life Cycle


Elchardus, Mark; Smits, Wendy


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Abstract This article investigates to what degree the standardized life cycle has been replaced by an individualized life course, characterized by the absence of a strict sequence and timing of life's transitions. In order to measure the normative position of people, rather than the external conditions to which they are subject, the test is based on the ideal life course or life cycle as described by a purely random sample of 4666 inhabitants of Belgium, aged 18 to 36. The available evidence overwhelmingly points towards the persistence of a standardized ideal life cycle, characterized by a strict sequence and timing of the important transitions.
Klassifikation Soziologie
Freie Schlagwörter individualization; life cycle; open future; sequence; timing;
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2006
Seitenangabe S. 303-326
Zeitschriftentitel Time & Society, 15 (2006) 2-3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0961463X06066944
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)