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Week 5 - Examining Death Across the Life Course

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These notes cover what will be used for exam 2.
Death, Dying, and Bereavement
Dr. Diane Zablotsky
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Death, sociology, Dying, bereavment, life course, life course perspective, themes
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Date Created: 02/11/16
2/9/16 - 2/11/16 Death, Dying and Bereavement Class Notes (Leming Ch.3) Week 5 – Examining Death across the Life Course Practice: my life perspective • The year you were born to the year you were born + a hundred years • Started school, if there was a relocation in family, someone died • Project forward- what do you hope to happen and when Life Course Perspective – Individual Biography • 1970s Theorists: o Glen Elder (sociologist) – coined life perspective § How do your chronological age, relationships, transitions, and social changes fit together? § Suggesting there is individuality, there is a broader context in which we make those choices (in order to understand individual we much look at society) § Everyone makes their own personal decisions happen in a context of social changes (macro and micro) o Tamara Hareven (social historian) – family involvement with life perspective § When you have social forces at work, families have modification in which individuals make choices § Make individual choices with family modification § Showed the connection between economic cycle and fertility rate § Family orientation – family unit in to which you are born (what are the things you are given by your biological family?) • Example: last name, belief system, race, social status, and social class § Family of Procreation – family you create for yourself Elements/Concepts of the Life Course Perspective • Cohorts • Transitions – a change in roles or statuses • Life event – something that you didn’t plan, but will alter your life • Turning Point – your life is altered, and may alter others. Your response is unique. o “Off time” – when it is not normative for your cohort (not necessarily good or bad) • Trajectory o Age stratification theory – society has self arranged by the category age § Looking at moment in time (the bars in picture) that is going to impact others at different ages, which we will all experience it differently § Macro § Theorist – Matilda White Riley (wife of John Riley, structural functionalist, in first class lecture) § Example: 9/11 1 2/9/16 - 2/11/16 Death, Dying and Bereavement Class Notes (Leming Ch.3) Major Themes of the Life Course Perspective • Interplay of human lives and historical time • Timing of lives – age at event is important o Timing is related to chronological, social, psychological and spiritual age o Example: moving back home • Linked or interdependent lives – important place of family • Human agency - Empowerment and ability of person to make their own choice o Connected to choice and opportunity o Life review - when older individuals look at life choices and evaluate that life based on what they accomplished with the choices/situations there were given • Diversity in life course trajectories – diversity in opportunities and experiences • Developmental risk and protection - Trajectory unfolds, choices at one point outline project choices at subsequent points (not a right or wrong choice) o Example: getting a college degree will pay off overtime 2


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