Generativity and Adult Development: How and Why We Care for the Next Generation / Edition 1

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Generativity and Adult Development brings together the most creative and informed contemporary thinking and research being done on the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of generativity in adult lives. The book draws together a roster of scholars from the fields of life-span development, personality and social psychology, clinical and counseling psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and the arts. The reader will find here a host of stimulating ideas, new research findings, and clinical wisdom about how adults fashion their lives in ways designed to promote the ensuing generations and to leave an enduring legacy that will outlive the self.
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A multidisciplinary treatment of the whole range of activities by which mature adults produce a generation to follow them; the concept and name were developed by Erik Erikson some 50 years ago. The topics include scenes from a relationship between father and son, Plato's unrecognized theory of generativity, contours of social structure and quality of life, the Holocaust experience, and intergenerational buffers. Case studies look at Frank Lloyd Wright and Martha Graham. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557984708
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 511
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.16 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Anatomy of Generativity 7
Ch. 2 A Generative Drama: Scenes From a Father-Son Relationship 45
Ch. 3 The Course of Generativity 75
Ch. 4 Case Studies of Midlife Generativity: Analyzing Motivation and Realization 101
Ch. 5 Immortality and the Externalization of the Self: Plato's Unrecognized Theory of Generativity 133
Ch. 6 Generativity: At the Crossroads of Social Roles and Personality 181
Ch. 7 Generativity in Adult Lives: Social Structural Contours and Quality of Life Consequences 227
Ch. 8 Generativity, Social Context, and Lived Experience: Narratives of Gay Men in Middle Adulthood 265
Ch. 9 Cares for the Rising Generation: Generativity in American History, 1607-1900 311
Ch. 10 Generativity in the Shadow of Genocide: The Holocaust Experience and Generativity 335
Ch. 11 Intergenerational Buffers: "The Damage Stops Here" 367
Ch. 12 Truth Against the World: A Psychobiographical Exploration of Generativity in the Life of Frank Lloyd Wright 391
Ch. 13 Generativity and the Life Course of Martha Graham 429
Ch. 14 Family Generativity and Generative Counseling: Helping Families Keep Faith With the Next Generation 449
Epilogue: Emerging Themes and Future Directions 483
Author Index 493
Subject Index 503
About the Editors 511
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