Linking demographic change and the life course: Insights from the “life course cube.”

Publication Type Book Chapter
Year of Publication 2020
Authors Huinink, JJr, RASettersBernardi, LFalkingham, JEvandrou, MVlachantoni, A
Book Title Handbook on Demographic Change and the Lifecourse
Chapter 2
Pagination 7 – 21
Publisher Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN 9781788974868

Research on demographic change and the study of individual lifecourses are intimately connected because population processes are the macro-level expression of lower-level processes, especially at the individual level. Demographic research addresses highly complex and interdependent processes that cross three dimensions: levels of analysis, life domains and time. This complexity demands a modeling strategy that is simultaneously sophisticated and straightforward. The authors apply the “life course cube” as a heuristic model for analysing individual lifecourses and the interdependencies of the three dimensions that comprise the cube. Because the cube addresses the multidimensional, dynamic interrelation of structure and agency, it helps guide explanations and predictions of demographic change. The authors describe the main elements of the life course cube, its theoretical underpinnings, and what makes it distinct from other approaches. They illustrate how the interdependencies revealed by the cube are necessary for analysing demographic change and its intersection with the lifecourse.

DOI 10.4337/9781788974875.00008