HSC 4579 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Population Pyramid, Grand Theory

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Describes how chronological age, relationships, common life transitions, and social change shape people"s lives from birth to death. Group of people who were born at the same historical time and who experience specific social changes within a given culture in the same sequence and at the same age. Chart that depicts the proportion of the population in each age group. Changes in roles or someone"s status that represents a distinct departure from role or status. Ex. starting school, graduating, having a baby, getting married, etc. Long term pattern of stability and change which usually involves multiple transitions. Significant occurrence involves relatively abrupt change that produces long lasting effects. Three types of life events can serve as turning points: Life events that either close or open opportunities. Life events that make a lasting change on the person"s environment. Life events that change a person"s self-concept, beliefs, or expectations. Distinctive experiences are shared at the same point in time.

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