In Drawing Life, Thomas J. Cottle examines the ways people interpret their life experiences and construct meanings for the events they have encountered. In this manner, they discover their various identities and the essence of what we call the self. In reading the sixteen life studies contained in this volume, we encounter both inner reflections as well the power of culture to shape the meanings people give to their circumstances and the events that befall them. The stories also reflect the role of human relationships and social institutions in defining our personal identities and sense of justice. What makes us unique, therefore, is the personal story we tell as it reveals our constructions of the world and of ourselves. The stories recounted in Drawing Life illuminate not only our past, but also our perceptions of the present and our imaginings of the future. In this way, they become anthologies of our life experiences.
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About the Author
A sociologist and clinical psychologist, Thomas J. Cottle is currently professor of education at Boston University. He is the author of more than thirty books including At Peril: Stories of Injustice, Hardest Times: The Trauma of Long-Term Unemployment, When the Music Stopped: Discovering My Mother, A Sense of Self: The Work of Affirmation, and Beyond Self-Esteem: Narratives of Self-Knowledge and Devotion.
Table of Contents
I. STORIES OF ADULTS
On Narratives and the Sense of Self
Do You See Me as a Human Being or Just Another Black Face?
No Way to Look But Back
Jacob and Millie Portman
A Woman Named Sarah Clark Keller
Marcus Nathaniel Simpson: If the Lord Has Patience, I’ve Got a Future
II. STORIES OF CHILDREN
Adolescent as Story Teller: The Case of Anorexia Nervosa
The Young and their Prophets
They Got Anger Pushing ‘Em in One Direction, Fright Pushing ‘Em in Another
The Evils of Testing and Tracking
The Bedroom of Sheila Cooperton
A Child to be Envied
Just a Memory
The Value of Stories: Applications for Research and Healing