Studying social change in human lives: a conversation

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Richard A. Settersten Jr Oregon State University, USA

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Dale Dannefer Case Western Reserve University, USA

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Glen H. Elder Jr University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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Jeylan T. Mortimer University of Minnesota, USA

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Jessica A. Kelley Case Western Reserve University, USA

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This commentary reinforces a central commitment of life course research: to make visible how social change matters in human lives. This paper captures a moderated conversation with four senior scholars about how they came to study the intersection between social change and life experience, why this intersection is so important to life course studies, and theoretical and methodological imperatives and challenges that come with it.

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Richard A. Settersten Jr Oregon State University, USA

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Glen H. Elder Jr University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

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Jeylan T. Mortimer University of Minnesota, USA

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