MPIDR Working Paper
Anticipatory analysis and its alternatives in life-course research. Part 2: Marriage and first birth
MPIDR Working Paper WP-2006-007, 13 pages.
Rostock, Max-Planck-Institut für demografische Forschung (März 2006)
In the second part of these reflections, we use the connection between marriage and first childbearing to demonstrate further issues involved in anticipatory analysis. We show that an anticipatory approach cannot be used to represent intentionality: People may marry with the intention of having a child, but the analyst should be weary of using anticipatory analysis to pick that up. (Keywords: anticipatory analysis, conditioning on the future, intentionality, marriage and first childbearing)