This book provides an overview from disciplines, such as history, demography, and sociology, that are concerned with understanding the human life course. It contains studies of special populations in which integration of a variety of experiences over time can be accomplished.
Introduction Part 1: Disciplinary Approaches 1. The Life Course and Aging in Historical Perspective 2. Biography, Autobiography and the Life Course 3. Mental Health Across the Family Life Cycle 4. A Demographic Approach to the Life Cycle Part 2: Disciplines and Exemplary Populations 5. The Life Course of College Professors and Administrators 6. Structure and Dynamics of the Individual Life Course 7. Terman's Gifted Women: Work and the Way They See Their Lives 8. Life History Among the Elderly: Performance, Visibility and Re-Membering Part 3: Conclusion 9. Mathematics and the Poetry of Human Life and Points In-Between