Relevant, focused and accessible this book will provide students with an indispensible guide to the central concepts of family studies.

Family Life Cycle and Life Course

Family life cycle and life course


The notion of the family life cycle suggests that the ways in which families change over time are characterized by a cyclical pattern, while the concept of the life course pays particular attention to the individual life trajectory as a person moves through different roles and experiences.


Concepts of the family life cycle and the life course both draw on the interweaving of embodied and cultural categorizations, but each involve quite different perspectives on how to understand family and time. Overall, this field lends itself to multidisciplinary work, including sociology, anthropology, psychology and history.

‘Family life cycle’ denotes the idea that families pass through clearly demarcated stages in a circular process, with new families forming in ...

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