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The life course cube: A tool for studying lives

Sat, August 10, 2:30 to 4:10pm, Sheraton New York, Floor: Lower Level, Bowery


This paper proposes a conceptualization of the life course as a set of behavioral processes characterized by
interdependencies that cross time, life domains, and levels of analysis. We first discuss the need for a systematized approach to life course theory that integrates parallel and partially redundant concepts developed in a variety of disciplines. We then introduce the ‘life course cube,’ which graphically defines and illustrates time domain- level interdependencies and their multiple interactions that are central to understanding life courses.
Finally, in an appendix, we offer a formal account of these interactions in a language that can be readily adopted across disciplines. Our aim is to provide a consistent and parsimonious foundation to further develop life course theories and methods and integrate life course scholarship across disciplines.