Tramlines, Definition(s) of

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"May cross over at different points in time and they may proceed in parallel." (Brannen & Nilsen)

"Rails for a tramcar." (Pearsall, 2003).

Used as a metaphor to convey the trajectories of different careers in work, parenthood etc. since careers intersect at different points in the life course. (Elder,1978).

Glossary Source: 

Brannen, J. & Nilsen, A. (2003, January 28). Adulthood: Changing Concepts and Definitions, A Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia Entry. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.

Social Networks. (2003). In Judy Pearsall, (Ed.), The concise Oxford dictionary in English dictionaries and thesauruses. UK: Oxford University Press, Inc. Internet Explorer.www.oxfordreference.com (13 June 2003).

Elder, G. (1978). Family history and the life course. In T. K. Hareven (Ed.), Transitions: the family and the life course in historical perspective. New York: Academic Press.