What are the most effective methods for doing life course research? The field's founders and leaders answer this question, giving readers tips on: the art and method of the appropriate research design; the collection of life-history data; and the search for meaningful patterns to be found in the results.

Data Collection and Measurement

Introduction

Part II of this book focuses on the forms of data and means of data collection that are most useful for life course research. The chapters are arranged in ascending order of generality, beginning with event histories and ending with the collection and analysis of grouped cases in distinct geographical and historical settings. At the first level are events, which are formed into trajectories or event histories that together make up the life course of the person. Next up on the hierarchy is the individual case, which in life course studies is a person whose life is an integral whole, involving choice of goals, life review, subjective feelings, and prospective planning for change. At the third level are groups of cases ...

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