This volume reflects on the place of narrative interpretation inlife course developmental theory. Featuring exciting chapters bythe leading figures in narrative psychology, it provides insightson the narrative character in early childhood, adolescence,emerging adulthood, midlife, and old age.Read together, the chapters form a comprehensive description ofnarrative’s origins in childhood conversations and themultiple uses that narrative is used as lives unfold overdevelopmental and historical time. A touchstone text in humandevelopment, it is a way for psychologists to rethink theirapproach to development through the lens of a narrative perspectivethat is sensitive to interpretation and context in humanlives.This is the 145th volume in this Jossey-Bass series NewDirections for Child and Adolescent Development. Its mission isto provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edgeissues and concepts in this subject area. Each volume focuses on aspecific new direction or research topic and is edited by expertsfrom that field.
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About the Author
Volume Editor: Brian Schiff is an associate professor and the chair of the Department of Psychology at the American University of Paris.
Series Editors in Chief:Lene Arnett Jensen is Associate Professor of Psychology at Clark University. Reed W. Larson is a professor in the Departments of Human and Community Development, Psychology,Leisure Studies, Kinesiology, and Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Development's Story in Time and Place 1Brian SchiffThis introductory chapter outlines the four major theses of Bertram J. Cohler's groundbreaking chapter Personal Narrative and Life Course and argues for the necessity of a narrative perspective for understanding human development.
2. Narrative Making and Remaking in the Early Years: Prelude to the Personal Narrative 15Peggy J. Miller, Eva Chian-Hui Chen, Megan OlivarezEthnographic studies of young children in the family context reveal that the process of narrative interpretation is vigorously underway much earlier in life than Cohler realized, constituting a surprising degree of continuity between early meaning making and the personal narrative.
3. Contextualizing the Self: The Emergence of a Biographical Understanding in Adolescence 29Tilmann Habermas, Nese HatibogluInspired by Cohler's seminal theory, the authors argue that adolescents learn to create coherence in their life story by contextualizing their life in family and social history and by forming a story of personal origins and future prospects.
4. Narrative and the Social Construction of Adulthood 43Phillip L. Hammack, Erin ToolisThe authors highlight the link between Cohler's original essay and interpretive approaches to human development, cultural-historical activity theory, and a social constructionist perspective on emerging adulthood that emphasizes identity and memory as coconstructed through storytelling and the construction of an individual life story.
5. The Life Narrative at Midlife 57Dan P. McAdamsOver the past three decades, psychologists have demonstrated the integrative power of personal narrative in the lives of midlife adults, demonstrating how life stories function as adaptive personal resources and windows into the influence of culture on human lives.
6. Narrating Your Life After 65 (or: To Tell or Not to Tell, That Is the Question) 71Amia LieblichThis chapter examines the long-held belief that narrating one's life story contributes to the well-being of the elderly.
7. "Personal Narrative and Life Course" Revisited: Bert Cohler's Legacy for Developmental Psychology 85Mark FreemanBy addressing ordered transformations in the personal narrative throughout the life course, Bertram Cohler's seminal 1982 essay provides a valuable vehicle for rethinking the nature of the developmental process itself.