Examining Lives in Context: Perspectives on the Ecology of Human Development

Pages: 708
Item #: 4318381
ISBN: 978-1-55798-905-5
List Price: $14.95
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Copyright: 1995
Format: Softcover
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Urie Bronfenbrenner's ecological approach to studying development has transformed the ways many social and behavioral scientists approach human beings and their environments. In the research presented in this volume, the experience of change over the life course is illuminated by the simultaneous examination of person, process, context, space, and time. Among the areas explored by leaders in the field are individual differences in environmental risk, transgenerational perspectives on resiliency, nature/nurture and culture, bioecological models of intellectual development, gender differences in socialization, authoritative parenting, and turning points in adult lives.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1995 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents


—Phyllis Moen, Glen H. Elder, Jr., and Kurt Lüscher

About Urie

  1. Introduction
    —Phyllis Moen

Part One: The Dynamics of Individual Development

Introduction to Part One
—Glen H. Elder, Jr.

  1. Individual Development: A Holistic, Integrated, Model
    —David Magnusson
  2. Understanding Individual Differences in Environmental-Risk Exposure
    —Michael Rutter, Lorna Champion, David Quinton, Barbara Maughan, and Andrew Pickles

Part Two: Historical and Social Time

Introduction to Part Two
—Kurt Lüscher

  1. The Life Course Paradigm: Social Change and Individual Development
    —Glen H. Elder, Jr.
  2. Social Structure and Personality Through Time and Space
    —Melvin L. Kohn
  3. Linked Lives: A Transgenerational Approach to Resilience
    —Phyllis Moen and Mary Ann Erickson
  4. Taking Time Seriously: Social Change, Social Structure, and Human Lives
    —Duane F. Alwin

Part Three: The Multiple Contexts of Human Development

Introduction to Part Three
—Kurt Lüscher

  1. Differentiating Among Social Contexts: By Spatial Features, Forms of Participation, and Social Contract
    —Jacqueline J. Goodnow
  2. A Bioecological Model of Intellectual Development
    —Stephen J. Ceci and Helene A. Hembrooke
  3. The Two Sexes and Their Social Systems
    —Eleanor E. Maccoby
  4. Gender, Contexts, and Turning Points in Adults' Lives
    —John A. Clausen

Part Four: The Importance of Process

Introduction to Part Four
—Glen H. Elder, Jr.

  1. Social Ecology Over Time and Space
    —Robert B. Cairns and Beverley D. Cairns
  2. Authoritative Parenting and Adolescent Adjustment: An Ecological Journey
    —Laurence Steinberg, Nancy E. Darling, and Anne C. Fletcher, in collaboration with B. Bradford Brown and Sanford M. Dornbusch
  3. Children in Families in Communities: Risk and Intervention in the Bronfenbrenner Tradition
    —Jeanne Brooks-Gunn

Part Five: Reflections and New Directions

Introduction to Part Five
—Phyllis Moen

  1. Jobless Ghettos and the Social Outcome of Youngsters
    —William Julius Wilson
  2. Expanding the Ecology of Human Development: An Evolutionary Perspective
    —Jay Belsky
  3. Homo Interpretans: On the Relevance of Perspectives, Knowledge, and Beliefs in the Ecology of Human Development
    Kurt Lüscher
  4. The Bioecological Model From a Life Course Perspective: Reflections of a Participant Observer
    —Urie Bronfenbrenner
  5. Developmental Ecology Through Space and Time: A Future Perspective
    —Urie Bronfenbrenner

Appendix: The Published Writings of Urie Bronfenbrenner
—Compiled by Kurt Lüscher and Gerri Jones

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Phyllis Moen, PhD, is the Ferris Family Professor of Life Course Studies, as well as the professor of human development and family studies and professor of sociology at Cornell University. She serves as the founding director of Cornell's Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center and codirector of its Applied Gerontology Research Institute, one of six of the Edward Roybal Centers funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Moen received her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in 1978. While on leave from Cornell, she spent several years as director of the sociology program at the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Working Parents: Transformations in Gender Roles and Public Policies in Sweden (1989) and Women's Two Roles: A Contemporary Dilemma (1992) and has published widely on women's roles, health and well-being, families, aging and the life course, and social policy.

Professor Moen is currently conducting a federally funded study of retirement and postretirement activities, health, and well-being.

Glen H. Elder, Jr., PhD, is Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and research professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs a research program on the life course and social change. His longitudinal studies began in the early 1960s at the University of California, Berkeley (Institute of Human Development), and he has continued such work up to the present through faculty appointments at Cornell University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Professor Elder is the author of Children of the Great Depression (1974), in addition to numerous articles and chapters providing the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of a life course approach, as well as empirical studies drawing on this perspective. He is currently codirector of the Carolina Consortium on Human Development.

Kurt Lüscher, Dr. rer. pol., is professor of sociology at the University of Konstanz (Germany), where he directs the research program, Society and Family. He has held previous positions at the University of Bern (Switzerland) and, as a visiting associate professor, at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). His major research interests include intergenerational relations, family rhetoric, and family politics. He is a member of policy advisory committees both in Germany and in Switzerland.

Professor Liischer's most recent book Generationenbeziehungen in "postmodernen" Gesellschaften (1993) is an edited volume based on a symposium on Intergenerational Relations in Post Modern Societies held at the University of Konstanz in 1991.