Högre seminiarium: The Complexity of Life Courses Across 20th Century Europe

Datum: 2017-09-08
Tid: 13.15 - 15.00
Plats: Beteendevetarhuset, C304
Evenemanget vänder sig till: studenter - allmänheten - anställda

Whether employment and family life courses have become more unstable and complex across the 20th century has been a prominent topic in academic and public debate. Yet, empirical evidence on longer-term trajectories and how they changed across cohorts beyond single country analyses is sparse. A new methodological approach – including measures developed in sequence analysis to summarize complexity in trajectories in a cross-classified multilevel model by cohort and country - allows the quantification and description of change in the complexity of trajectories across cohorts relative to variation across 14 European countries. SHARELIFE data is used to analyze long life trajectories of men and women born in the early and mid-20th century. For these birth cohorts, findings show that change across cohorts is negligibly small compared with a sizeable variation of complexity in employment and family trajectories across countries. These findings contradict the commonly held belief that life courses have become much more unstable across the second half of the 20th century. Additional analyses demonstrate that individual and institutional characteristics partially account for cross-temporal and cross-national variation in the complexity of employment and family life courses.

Föreläsare: Zachary Van Winkle, Department for Microsociology, Institute for social sciences, Humboldt University, Berlin.
Arrangör: Sociologiska institutionen
Kontaktperson: sara.kalucza@umu.se
Evenemangstyp: Seminarium
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