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New volume of the Springer book series: “Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches, Innovative Methods and Applications”

The 10th volume of the Life Course Research and Social Policies Springer book series edited by NCCR LIVES “Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches, Innovative Methods and Applications,” edited by Gilbert Ritschard and Matthias Studer, both affiliated to NCCR LIVES and Geneva School of Social Sciences University of Geneva, Switzerland, is now available in Open Access. A wealth of information for social scientists interested in quantitative life course analysis and other researchers.

This new volume provides innovative methods and original applications of sequence analysis (SA) and related methods for analyzing longitudinal data describing life trajectories such as professional careers, family paths, the succession of health statuses, or the time use. It pays special attention to the combined use of SA and other methods for longitudinal data as well as to alternatives to classical SA that consists in building typologies of sequences from their pairwise dissimilarities.

The benefit of combining SA with other methods

Alongside the two general papers (Courgeau; Eerola) in Part I, five papers demonstrate the benefit of combining SA with other methods to grasp the dynamics that drive the trajectories. SA is combined with survival models (Malin and Wise; Lundevaller et al.; Rossignon et al.), with qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) (Borgna and Struffolino), and with hidden Markov models (Helske et al.). Among the other methodological contributions, three concern the classical SA framework. Two of them propose novel ways for computing dissimilarities between sequences (Collas; Bison and Scalcon) and one feature-based and fuzzy clustering of sequences (Studer). The other methodological papers address alternative non-dissimilarity-based approaches, namely sequence networks (Cornwell; Hamberger), Markov-based clustering (Taushanov and Berchtold), and the measure of the quality or precarity of individual sequences (Manzoni and Mooi-Reci; Ritschard et al.).

Usefulness of SA

The usefulness of SA and the proposed methodological developments are illustrated through the study of several life-course issues such as gendered occupational trajectories (Malin and Wise), labor market participation of women in Germany (Borgna and Struffolino), relationship between labor market participation and other life domains (Helske et al.), how past trajectories affect chances of parental leave in Switzerland (Rossignon et al.), mortality of disabled in 19th century Sweden (Lundevaller et al.), time use during a typical day of dual-earner couples in Italy (Bison and Scalcon), mobility patterns in Togo (Hamberger), internet addiction in Switzerland (Taushanov and Berchtold), quality of employment career after a first unemployment spell (Manzoni and Mooi-Reci), transition from school to work (Studer; Ritschard et al.).

As such this book provides a wealth of information for social scientists interested in quantitative life course analysis, and all those working in sociology, demography, economics, health, psychology, social policy, and statistics.

Five chapters from LIVES reserachers

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES is happy that the publication includes five chapters with contributions from LIVES researchers:

Springer series on "Life Course Research and Social Policies" in open access

This Series invites academic scholars to present theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances in the analysis of the life course, and to elaborate on possible implications for society and social policies applications. Thanks to the NCCR LIVES funding, all those books are published in open access. The Series editors are Laura Bernardi, Dario Spini and Jean-Michel Bonvin.

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>> Already published

>> Ritschard, G; Studer, M. (eds) (2018). Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches Innovative Methods and Applications. Cham, Switzerland:, Springer, Life Course Research and Social Policies, Vol. 10
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