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Childhood and Society Paperback – September 17, 1993
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At the heart of the theoretical framework of this work is Erikson's conception of eight- stages of life.
The first of these stages he calls the 'oral- sensory'.It involves the conflict between basic trust and mistrust.
The second is called the muscular- anal involving the confluct between Autonomy and Shame and Doubt.
The third is the Locomotor Genital involving the conflict between Initiative and Guilt.
The fourth is the Latent involving the conflict between Industry and Inferiority.
The fifth is Adolescence where the Identity- Crisis comes into play at a time of Role- confusion.
The sixth is Young Adulthood in which Intimacy is in conflict with Isolation.
The seventh is Adulthood where Generativity conflicts with Stagnation.
The final is 'Maturity' or "Old Age' where Despair threatens Ego Integrity.
In this work Erikson brings case - history, comparitive anthropological data in showing how the human personality is transformed during the person's lifetime also through its encounters with Society . A pioneering work of great importance.
Erikson addresses nothing less than the role of psychology in the world, and the role of childhood in our social worlds. It's a combination of the clinical, the social, and the developmental, a combination of psychology and history. Case studies are presented and large themes are addressed.
"...we are also forced to recognize a universal blind spot in the makers and interpreters of history," writes Erikson, "... they ignore the fateful function of childhood in the fabric of society" (p. 404).
Whether or not you agree with all Erikson says, you will find it food for thought.
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A classic book. Chapter 8 on psychosocial development is worth the price of the book.Published 5 months ago by Durham
This book is a classic that I've read many times. I bought it as a gift for a grandchild who is interested in psychology. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Susan S.
This book is pretty much a staple. There isn't a lot I can say that hasn't been said before, but it is a good addition to your practice library.Published 18 months ago by J. Fox
Erikson is at the core of my social development understanding.Published 19 months ago by lilikoikalani
Great book helped me with my thesis when I had to provide details with the various Eriksonian stages of human development.Published 19 months ago by V.