Constructing Adulthood, Volume 11: Agency and Subjectivity by Ross Macmillan

By Ross Macmillan

Advances in existence path learn publishes unique theoretical analyses, integrative experiences, coverage analyses and place papers, and theory-based empirical papers on matters concerning all features of the human lifestyles direction. Adopting a vast notion of the lifestyles path, it invitations and welcomes contributions from all disciplines and fields of analysis drawn to figuring out, describing, and predicting the antecedents of and outcomes for the direction that human lives take from delivery to loss of life, inside and throughout time and cultures, despite method, theoretical orientation, or disciplinary association. every one quantity is geared up round a unifying topic.

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Constructing Adulthood 27 NOTES 1. Volume 9 of Advances in Life Course Research entitled ‘‘The Structure of the Life Course: Standardized? Individualized? ’’ includes several excellent chapters that tackle similar issues and debates as addressed in this volume but from a social demographic perspective. 2. While evidence of demographic change is not in dispute, it is interesting to consider what benchmark is used to determine both the ‘‘normative’’ life course and how different the current pattern of transitions is.

We are motivated to increase our sense of efficacy and self-understandings based on efficacious, hands-on experiences that are more durable than those based on other self-reflections, such as self-esteem (Gecas & Schwalbe, 1983). There are other sources of self-efficacy than performing successful actions (Bandura, 1997), but direct experience is the most important. Planfulness Clausen (1991, 1993) developed the concept of planful competence, an individual characteristic that guides agentic action across the life course.

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