Life-Course: A Socio-Cultural Perspective

Tania Zittoun

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Life-Course: A Socio-Cultural Perspective


This chapter characterizes a socio-cultural psychology of the life-course, and shows how it differs from other approaches of the life-course. General principles for such a psychology are highlighted, and a particular attention to ruptures, transitions, and the processes these involve, is proposed. Such a basic “grammar” enables us to highlight a few dynamics of development; empirical situations chosen along typical life-courses exemplify them. Issues to be further examined can thus be highlighted.

Keywords: development; socio-cultural perspectives; life-course; transitions; ruptures

Article.  18435 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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