- Series: Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society (Book 16)
- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers; 4 edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0820449229
- ISBN-13: 978-0820449227
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,935,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction 4th Edition
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«Thomas J. Cottle has written a chilling indictment of our culture of distraction and its effects on young people and therefore on us all. By examining what we do to adolescents, we are drawn into an understanding of what was done to every one of us – ridiculed for our visions, prodded to conform, and distracted from the inner growth necessary to our individual and collective survival. But ‘Mind Fields’ is also deeply hopeful, reminding us that self-reflection and a commitment to critical thinking can enable us to become full human beings – striving, purposeful, imaginative, and powerful. This book is of value to anyone who was ever an adolescent, anyone who teaches or cares about adolescents, and any adult still struggling to create a life of purpose and meaning.» (Mara Sapon-Shevin, Professor of Inclusive Education, Syracuse University, New York; Author of ‘Because We Can Change the World: A Practical Guide to Building Cooperative, Inclusive Classroom Communities’)
«Groundbreaking and powerful, Tom Cottle’s new book is brilliantly insightful, compellingly written and deeply wise. Cottle knows the heart of adolescence in America today. An astute cultural observer, attuned psychologist, and educator in the best of John Dewey’s tradition, Cottle offers refreshing passion and robust analysis as he guides us through our everyday distractions toward clarity and purpose by emphasizing the profound role of reflection and awareness in shaping healthy adolescent- and adult-development. Must reading for both adults and adolescents.» (Daniel Frank, Psychologist, Head of Frances W. Parker School’s Upper School, Chicago)
«Thomas Cottle has produced a fascinating, remarkably important work. If you ever wondered why our teenagers might celebrate the likes of Hannibal Lechter, Dr. Cottle’s ‘Mind Fields’ is the first place to turn.» (Jack Levin, Director of the Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston, and co-author of ‘The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder’)
«This book is a gift to a fading democracy. Tom Cottle’s voice turns once again to the sensibilities of America’s youth. With brilliance and compassion, he tells the truth: our booming economy has little substance. In a frenzy, pop materialism is distorting our presence of mind with a glut of non-essential things, and the most telling victims are young citizens. To them, being detached and shallow is ‘natural’. But Cottle, the astute human developmentalist, determines that while this may be normative, it is hardly natural. The solutions he offers reflect the lessons of John Dewey, but the strategies to overcome our society’s dislocation face even more serious hurdles than they did a century ago.» (Felton Earls, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University)
About the Author
The Author: Thomas J. Cottle is Professor of Education at Boston University. A sociologist and practicing clinical psychologist, he received his B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Chicago. In addition, he has earned a Doctor of Humane Letters from Lesley College. He has served on the faculties of Harvard University, Amherst College, MIT, and Columbia College in Chicago as well as served on the staff of The Children’s Defense Fund. Dr. Cottle has received numerous awards for his research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and has appeared on radio and television.