Opening up pathways: Reconsidering longitudinal health research

Lloyd, Mike
April 2006
Health Sociology Review;Apr2006, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p48
Academic Journal
This article engages with a common model of 'pathway' in longitudinal health research. National studies of child health and development are taken as 'signature' research into how life pathways can be tracked by social scientists. The work of the philosopher Lingis is used to show how contemporary social theory can enlarge our propositions about life pathways and how they are shaped. No specific longitudinal health studies are critiqued, rather the analysis is at a conceptual level aiming to highlight new ways of thinking about events in time, forces, and lived experience.


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