1st Edition

Life Course Perspectives on Military Service

Edited By Janet M. Wilmoth, Andrew S. London Copyright 2013
    400 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    424 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume provides a comprehensive and critical review of what we know about military service and the life course, what we don’t know, and what we need to do to better understand the role of military service in shaping people's lives. It demonstrates that the military, like colleges and prisons, is a key social institution that engages individuals in early adulthood and shapes processes of cumulative (dis)advantage over the life course.  The chapters provide topical synthesizes of the vast but diffuse research literatures on military service and the life course, while the volume as a whole helps to set the agenda for the next generation of data collection and scholarship. Chapter authors pay particular attention to how the military has changed over time; how experiences of military service vary across cohorts and persons with different characteristics; how military service affects the lives of service members’ spouses, children, and families; and the linkages between research and policy.

    Preface  Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London.  Foreword  Glen H. Elder, Jr.  1. Life-Course Perspectives on Military Service: An Introduction  Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London  2. The Military as a Transforming Social Agent: Integration into or Isolation from Normal Adult Roles?  Ryan Kelty and David R. Segal  3. Women’s Lives in Wartime: The American Civil War and World War II  D’Ann Campbell  4. Racial-Ethnicity and Immigration Status in the U.S. Military  Amy C. Lutz  5. Military Service and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Lives  Maria T. Brown  6. Military Service as a Pathway to Early Socioeconomic Achievement for Disadvantaged Groups  Pamela R. Bennett and Katrina Bell McDonald  7. Labor Market Outcomes Among Veterans and Military Spouses  Meredith Kleykamp  8. "The Best Years of Our Lives": Military Service and Family Relationships – A Life-Course Perspective  Daniel Burland and Jennifer Hickes Lundquist  9. Military Employment and Spatial Mobility Across the Life Course  Amy Kate Bailey  10. A Matter of Life and Death: Military Service and Health  Alair MacLean  11. Military Service, Social Policy, and Later-Life Financial and Health Security  Debra Street and Jessica Hoffman  12. The United States Military Services’ Sponsorship of Life-Course Research: Past, Present, and Future  Paul Gade and Brandis Ruise  13. Methodological Problems in Determining the Consequences of Military Service  Douglas A. Wolf, Coady Wing and Leonard M. Lopoo  14. Setting an Agenda for Future Research on Military Service and the Life Course  Jay D. Teachman


    Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London are Professors of Sociology at the Aging Studies Institute, Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University.