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Social Background and the Demographic Life Course: Cross-National Comparisons

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  • This open access book examines long-term and cross-national differences in consequences of childhood disadvantage
  • Provides insight in the moderating role of cultural, economic and institutional factors
  • Uses new methodology in cross-national comparative research

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This open access book examines how childhood social disadvantage influences young-adult demographic decision-making and later-life economic and well-being outcomes. This book in particular focuses on testing whether the consequences of childhood social disadvantage for adult outcomes differ across societies, and whether these differences are shaped by the “context of opportunities” that societies offer to diminish the adverse impact of economic and social deprivation. The book integrates a longitudinal approach and provides new insights in how the experience of childhood disadvantage (e.g. low parental socio-economic status, family disruption) influences demographic decisions in adulthood (e.g. the timing of family-events such as cohabitation, marriage or parenthood; the risk of divorce or having a child outside a partner relationship; the exposure to later-life loneliness, poor health, and economic adversity). Moreover, using a cross-national comparative perspective it investigateswhether the relationships of interest differ across nations, and tests the “context of opportunities” hypothesis arguing that the links between childhood disadvantage and adult outcomes are weakened in societal contexts offering good opportunities for people to escape situations of deprivation. To do so, the book analyzes national contexts based on economic prosperity, family values and norms, and welfare-state arrangements.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), The Hague, The Netherlands

    Aart C. Liefbroer, Mioara Zoutewelle-Terovan

  • Department of Epidemiology, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

    Aart C. Liefbroer

  • Department of Sociology, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Aart C. Liefbroer

  • University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

    Mioara Zoutewelle-Terovan

About the editors

Aart C. Liefbroer is Leader of the Theme Group on ‘Families and Generations’ and member of the Management Team at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI), The Hague, Netherlands, professor of Life Course Demography at the University Medical Centre Groningen of the University of Groningen, Netherlands, and professor by special appointment of Demography of Young Adults and Intergenerational Transmission at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He is interested in determinants and consequences of young adults’ demographic decisions.

Mioara Zoutewelle-Terovan is a researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) and is affiliated with the University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands. She applies life-course concepts and theories to examine antecedents and consequences of young adults’ decisions concerning family life, work life and criminal engagement.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Social Background and the Demographic Life Course: Cross-National Comparisons

  • Editors: Aart C. Liefbroer, Mioara Zoutewelle-Terovan

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67345-1

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-67344-4Published: 22 April 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-67347-5Published: 22 April 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-67345-1Published: 21 April 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 171

  • Number of Illustrations: 46 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Demography, Population Economics, Life course, Social Structure, Social Inequality, Sociology of Family, Youth and Aging

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