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The Inseparability of Human Agency and Linked Lives

Scott D. Landes & Richard A. Settersten Jr.

Advances in Life Course Research, December 2019

Scott Landes

Scott Landes

"The inseparability of human agency and linked lives," co-authored by Scott Landes, assistant professor of sociology, was published in Advances in Life Course Research. Landes and co-author Richard A. Settersten Jr. use the case study of a woman with an intellectual disability to challenge a common but problematic assumption in developmental theories and research: that “human agency” is limited to individuals who are “developmentally normal.” They also illustrate how much people’s ability to make decisions and take actions in their own life is heavily dependent on interpersonal relationships. 11/06/19