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Population ageing from a lifecourse perspectiveCritical and international approaches$
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Kathrin Komp and Stina Johansson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310716

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310716.001.0001

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A lifecourse scholar’s view

A lifecourse scholar’s view

lifecourses crystallise in demographic structures

(p.29) Three A lifecourse scholar’s view
Population ageing from a lifecourse perspective

Andreas Motel-Klingebiel

Policy Press

Life-course studies show that events at young ages influence behaviour and life choices at later ages. This means that individual and historical events exert long-term influences. Life-course studies moreover show that the social context shapes the live-courses of individuals. This means that the effects of individual and historical events are country-specific. This chapter, therefore, argues that the root causes of population ageing need to be understood from a longitudinal perspective that focusses on individual experiences, time, and place.

Keywords:   life-course, population ageing, biography, social inequalities, social structures

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