Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Michel Oris, Caroline Roberts, Dominique Joye, Michèle Ernst Stähli
    Pages 1-25 Open Access
  3. Michel Oris, Eduardo Guichard, Marthe Nicolet, Rainer Gabriel, Aude Tholomier, Christophe Monnot et al.
    Pages 27-64 Open Access
  4. Linda Charvoz, Nicolas Favez, Sarah Cairo Notari, Bénédicte Panes-Ruedin, Jean-François Delaloye
    Pages 113-129 Open Access
  5. Christian Maggiori, Jérôme Rossier, Franciska Krings, Claire S. Johnston, Koorosh Massoudi
    Pages 131-157 Open Access
  6. Isabel Baumann, Oliver Lipps, Daniel Oesch, Caroline Vandenplas
    Pages 159-177 Open Access
  7. Davide Morselli, Nora Dasoki, Rainer Gabriel, Jacques-Antoine Gauthier, Julia Henke, Jean-Marie Le Goff
    Pages 179-201 Open Access
  8. Véronique Eicher, Mouna Bakouri, Christian Staerklé, Marlene Carvalhosa Barbosa, Alain Clémence
    Pages 203-221 Open Access
  9. Martina Rothenbühler, Marieke Voorpostel
    Pages 223-244 Open Access
  10. Linda Charvoz, Nicolas Favez, Sarah Cairo Notari, Bénédicte Panes-Ruedin, Jean-François Delaloye
    Pages E1-E1 Open Access

About this book


This open access book details tools and procedures for data collections of hard-to-reach, hard-to-survey populations. Inside, readers will discover first-hand insights from experts who share their successes as well as their failures in their attempts to identify and measure human vulnerabilities across the life course. Coverage first provides an introduction on studying vulnerabilities based on the Total Error Survey framework. Next, the authors present concrete examples on how to survey such populations as the elderly, migrants, widows and widowers, couples facing breast cancer, employees and job seekers, displaced workers, and teenagers during their transition to adulthood. In addition, one essay discusses the rationale for the use of life history calendars in studying social and psychological vulnerability while another records the difficulty the authors faced when trying to set-up an online social network to collect relevant data. Overall, this book demonstrates the importance to have, from the very beginning, a dialogue between specialists of survey methods and the researchers working on social dynamics across the life span. It will serve as an indispensable resource for social scientists interested in gathering and analyzing data on vulnerable individuals and populations in order to construct longitudinal data bases and properly target social policies.


Economic and social dynamics Family and professional trajectories LIVES Risk societies Social Dynamics across the life span Total Error Survey framework

Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Oris
    • 1
  • Caroline Roberts
    • 2
  • Dominique Joye
    • 3
  • Michèle Ernst Stähli
    • 4
  1. 1.CIGEVUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Social Sciences InstituteUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Social Sciences InstituteUniversity of Lausanne LausanneSwitzerland
  4. 4.FORS (Swiss Foundation for the Research in Social Sciences)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-24155-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-24157-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-7776
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-7784
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