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By Jon Clark

James S. Coleman used to be one among a exotic iteration of sociology scholars who gone through the Columbia Sociology division within the Nineteen Forties and `50s. This ebook seriously debates his paintings and his contribution to society and the social sciences extra in most cases. It comprises 18 significant papers through 20 authors from six international locations on various issues. the quantity is framed via a longer editorial creation reflecting at the 5- yr trade of correspondence among James Coleman and the editor, including of Coleman's personal works.

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But in those societies where the great majority of young people attend school well into their late teens, the picture becomes more universal. There exists a consensus among those who have studied adolescence that the lower limit of the period is defined by physiological criteria, puberty and a growth spurt in height and weight. There also seems to be a consensus about the social nature of criteria setting the upper limit, for instance taking on certain adult responsibilities, the ability to support oneself by work, and the readiness to vote and to marry.

More recently, there has been a major increase in the number of working mothers. This means that children in a majority of homes not only are out of touch with the sphere of work which occupies their parents most of the day. In some countries they are increasingly being taken care of by institutions, such as day care centres. This has certain consequences in terms of shifting the responsibilities for upbringing from the family to impersonal agencies, ‘corporate actors’ to use Coleman’s (1981a) expression, with all that that implies.

This has certain consequences in terms of shifting the responsibilities for upbringing from the family to impersonal agencies, ‘corporate actors’ to use Coleman’s (1981a) expression, with all that that implies. The most basic and undisputed evidence which supports the contention of age segregation is prolonged formal schooling. In 1945 some 80 per cent of 14-yearolds in Western Europe left school and joined the work force. The apprenticeship system was still a major way of introducing young people into the work force, and many gained their first experience of the world of work by being assigned simple tasks of an errand-running character at very modest salaries.

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