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Withstanding Vulnerability throughout Adult Life

Dynamics of Stressors, Resources, and Reserves

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  • Presents a timely exploration of vulnerability processes across a variety of groups
  • Based on longitudinal studies by leading researchers from multiple disciplines across the social sciences
  • Addresses key theoretical advances based on empirical studies that shed light on vulnerability processes

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About this book

This open access interdisciplinary book integrates the major findings and theoretical advances of a 12-year research program run by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES research program hosted by the universities of Lausanne and Geneva, within a single comprehensive and coherent publication on vulnerability across adulthood. The book is based on the idea that vulnerability is an essential component of the life course that can inform how we use our resources, reserves and cope with stressors across the life course. It provides a unique interdisciplinary research framework based on the idea that vulnerability is a complex and dynamic process that can only be approached through a multidimensional, multilevel, and multidirectional perspective.
This is an invaluable new resource for students and researchers in life course studies, and those from other disciplines willing to include life course factors in their research on vulnerability issues. 

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Vulnerability as a Multidimensional Process: Spillovers Across Life Domains

  2. Vulnerability at the Articulation of Levels

  3. The Unfolding of Vulnerable Life Trajectories

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

    Dario Spini

  • Department of Sociology, Uni Mail, University of Geneva, Genève, Switzerland

    Eric Widmer

About the editors

Dario Spini is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Lausanne and Director of NCCR LIVES.

Eric D. Widmer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Geneva and co-director of NCCR LIVES.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Withstanding Vulnerability throughout Adult Life

  • Book Subtitle: Dynamics of Stressors, Resources, and Reserves

  • Editors: Dario Spini, Eric Widmer

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4566-3Published: 14 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-4569-4Published: 14 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-4567-0Published: 13 January 2023

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 451

  • Number of Illustrations: 19 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology, general, Medical Sociology, Cultural Theory

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