Chapter 3: Lifecourse and social inequality
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Lifecourse research is the strongest bridge between demography and stratification research. This chapter highlights key contributions of lifecourse research for the study of social stratification and mobility: (1) lifecourse sensitive concepts and measures of social inequality; (2) the interrelation between social-demographic processes and social inequality; (3) the temporality of causal mechanisms that generate inequality; and (4) cross-national differences as well as historical change in lifecourses and inequality regimes. The authors review the first contribution, lifecourse concepts and measures of social inequality, in detail and argue that they are particularly fruitful and necessary to study social inequality and mobility in times of demographic change.

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