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The landmark work on the social significance of childhood.
The original and vastly influential ideas of Erik H. Erikson underlie much of our understanding of human development. His insights into the interdependence of the individuals' growth and historical change, his now-famous concepts of identity, growth, and the life cycle, have changed the way we perceive ourselves and society. Widely read and cited, his works have won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.
Combining the insights of clinical psychoanalysis with a new approach to cultural anthropology, Childhood and Society deals with the relationships between childhood training and cultural accomplishment, analyzing the infantile and the mature, the modern and the archaic elements in human motivation. It was hailed upon its first publication as "a rare and living combination of European and American thought in the human sciences" (Margaret Mead, The American Scholar). Translated into numerous foreign languages, it has gone on to become a classic in the study of the social significance of childhood.
Deals with relationship bet. childhood training & cultural accomplishment, analyzing the infantile & the mature, etc.
Posted January 3, 2014
Erikson's Childhood and Development is a must have book for those who plan to enter into the field of human psychology or child development. This book was purchased for my daughter who is finishing her second year of a PhD program in psychology. Erikson's themes and concepts are truly inspiring and enlightening.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2004
This work is one of the foundation works in modern psychological thought. Eriksson presents an analysis of the basic conflicts involved at each stage of human development. In the process he focuses on what has become a cliche of our culture, the identity- crisis characteristic of human adolescence. In later works he would study Luther and Gandhi and connect their historical innovations with their psychological development. This present work is Eriksson's most systematic and basic. Required reading not only for students of psychology but for those in intellectual history.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.