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The Generative Society: Caring for Future Generations / Edition 1
     

The Generative Society: Caring for Future Generations / Edition 1

by Ed De St. Aubin, Tae-Chang (Eds.) Kim, Dan P. McAdams, Tae-Chang Kim, Dan P. McAdams
 

ISBN-10: 159147034X

ISBN-13: 9781591470342

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Adult individuals in all societies have long understood the need for generativity, concern for and commitment to caring for the next generation. The need for generative action is particularly critical now given the societal and global threats that we face in the first years of the twenty-first century. Building upon Erikson's groundbreaking developmental model that

Overview

Adult individuals in all societies have long understood the need for generativity, concern for and commitment to caring for the next generation. The need for generative action is particularly critical now given the societal and global threats that we face in the first years of the twenty-first century. Building upon Erikson's groundbreaking developmental model that first propelled the construct of "generativity versus stagnation" into mainstream consciousness, The Generative Society examines this critical stage of development that occurs during the "long middle" of adulthood, as it exists on societal and cultural levels. This volume's diverse group of eminent scholars explores the complex relationships between generativity and various societies' political, economic, religious, educational, and cultural arenas. Integrating empirical research, scientific and cultural theory, and their own informed observations and speculations regarding generativity in society, the volume that results is a rich and stimulating exchange about the multifaceted role of generativity in human life and in society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591470342
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsxi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
I.Introduction1
Chapter 1.The Generative Society: An Introduction3
Chapter 2.What Is Generativity?15
II.Generativity in Society and Culture33
Chapter 3.Generativity and Culture: What Meaning Can Do35
Chapter 4.Reflections on Generativity and Society: A Sociologist's Perspective51
Chapter 5.The Propagation of Genes and Memes: Generativity Through Culture in Japan and the United States63
Chapter 6.Generativity as Social Responsibility: The Role of Generations in Societal Continuity and Change83
Chapter 7.The Generative Life Cycle Model: Integration of Japanese Folk Images and Generativity97
III.Generativity and Social Institutions113
Chapter 8.Rope of Ashes: Global Aging, Generativity, and Education115
Chapter 9.Generativity Behind Bars: Some "Redemptive Truth" About Prison Society131
Chapter 10.American Religion, Generativity, and the Therapeutic Culture153
Chapter 11.Generativity and Gender: The Politics of Care175
Chapter 12.Guarding the Next Generation: The Politics of Generativity195
Chapter 13.Generativity and the Politics of Intergenerational Fairness211
Chapter 14.Volunteerism and the Generative Society221
IV.Looking Forward, Looking Backward239
Chapter 15.An Ethical Analysis of Erikson's Concept of Generativity241
Chapter 16.Erik Erikson on Generativity: A Biographer's Perspective257
Chapter 17.The Generative Society: An Epilogue265
Author Index273
Subject Index279
About the Editors291

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