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Introduction: choice and the life cycle

Michael Clarke

in Challenging choices

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9781847423986
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301622 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423986.003.0007
Introduction: choice and the life cycle

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This chapter discusses the weight of vital choices in the life cycle which are often seen as the key to fulfilment and self-realisation. It notes that choices in this area are necessary, very consequential, highly individualistic, and uncertain. These choices are demanding, it often being very difficult to be sure one has made the right choice, and they are in a good many cases not reversible: fateful choices. It explains that for the great majority, the five life cycle issues — jobs, partners, fertility, retirement, and infirmity — involve inescapable choices.

Keywords: vital choices; life cycle; self-realisation; fateful choices; jobs; partners; fertility; retirement; infirmity

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Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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