In lectures after reading week, we will compare the nature of childhood and old age in different kinds of societies. Therefore metal workers make a huge contribution to society as a whole. So the more different kinds of adult life courses there are. How people learn to do their adult jobs, and how long this takes. What kinds of social settings people work in. The costs and rewards of the work they do. E. g. may make steady predictable progress in an organizational hierarchy, or move from job to job, or be unemployed for long periods, or With important implications for other aspects of the life course: the greater inequality (up to the recent past in highly developed democratic societies) So the greater the inequality in aspects of the life course affected by status, wealth, and power. Due to increase chance of surplus differences in wealth emerge. = inequality in the quality of the nature of daily activities.