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Definition of Life Expectancy

(noun) The amount of time an individual is expected to live.

Life Expectancy Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /laɪf ɪkˈspɛktənsi/
      • /laɪf ɛkˈspɛktənsi/
    • British English
      • /lʌɪf ᵻkˈspɛkt(ə)nsi/
      • /lʌɪf ɛkˈspɛkt(ə)nsi/
  • Syllabification: (life ex·pec·tan·cy)

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  • “[B]roadly defined as one’s initial starting point in life based on parental position, includes a set of cumulative nonmerit advantage for all except the poorest of the poor. These include enhanced childhood standards of living, differential access to cultural capital, differential access to social networks of power and influence, infusions of parental capital while parents are still alive, greater health and life expectancy, and the inheritance of bulk estates when parents die” (McNamee and Miller 2013:71).
  • “While youth and vitality are highly valued commodities in a postindustrial society, life expectancies and prospects for good health are extended. Consequently, people can be expected to work longer if they choose. Moreover, with less emphasis on work and more on service and play, postindustrial societies may offer the elderly a vast array of meaningful social roles outside the world of work” (Thompson and Hickey 2012:339).

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Thompson, William E., and Joseph V. Hickey. 2012. Society in Focus: An Introduction to Sociology. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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Cite the Definition of Life Expectancy

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “life expectancy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/life-expectancy/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

life expectancy. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/life-expectancy/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “life expectancy.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/life-expectancy/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“life expectancy.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/life-expectancy/>.