Gender Dimension of Social Change: The Contribution of by Elisabetta Ruspini, Angela Dale

By Elisabetta Ruspini, Angela Dale

This identify explores the opportunity of longitudinal research as a strong instrument for appreciating the gender size of social swap. The authors use longitudinal information to supply new insights into the altering dynamics of women's existence classes this present day. individuals view the knowledge from a coverage viewpoint and use comparative research from Britain, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and Japan to extend our knowing of women's lifestyles classes and structures of inequality. lecturers, scholars and researchers in sociology, gender experiences, social learn, public and social coverage should still locate this e-book a invaluable source.

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The most important advantage these surveys offer is that they make it possible to study micro-social change. When individuals are studied over time it becomes possible to investigate the dynamics of both individual and family behaviours in the socio-economic field and, also, the personal responses and adaptation strategies adopted in the face of previous circumstances and events. But proof of the growing importance attributed to HPS can be found in the multiplicity of studies, set up in recent years, in order to examine and make comparisons, both ex ante and ex post, between longitudinal data.

Consequently, cohort studies are particularly suitable when studying populations that are subject to radical changes (Olagnero and Saraceno, 1993). 35 The gender dimension of social change Age, period and cohort effects There are three types of changes in attitudes or behaviour of cohorts associated with three temporal dimensions and three levels of experience and change (see, for example, Glenn, 1977; de Graaf, 1999). The first type of change may be a product of the age of the individual concerned, that is, is associated with changes in age (age effect).

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