TitleThe Covid-19 pandemic: Inequalities and the life course
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2022
AuthorsNico, M, Pollock, G, Settersten, RA, Bernardi, L, Härkönen, J, Antonucci, TC, Dykstra, PA, Heckhausen, J, Kuh, D, Mayer, KUlrich, Moen, P, Mortimer, JT, Mulder, CH, Smeeding, TM, Van Der Lippe, T, Hagestad, GO, Kohli, M, Levy, R, Schoon, I, Thomson, E
Book TitleThe Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Inequalities and the Life Course
Pagination152 - 171

The Covid-19 pandemic is shaking fundamental assumptions about the human life course and exposing social inequalities in societies around the world. We draw on our collective expertise to illustrate how a life course perspective can make critical contributions to understanding the pandemic’s effects on individuals, families, and populations, including how social inequalities shape and result from pandemic experiences. We explore the pandemic’s implications for the organization and experience of life transitions and trajectories within and across central domains: health, personal control and planning, social relationships and family, education, work and careers, and migration and mobility. We consider both the life course implications of being infected by the Covid-19 virus or attached to someone who has; and being affected by the pandemic’s social, economic, cultural, and psychological consequences. It is our goal to offer some programmatic observations on which life course research and policies can build as the pandemic’s short- and long-term consequences unfold.