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The Future of Identity: Centennial Reflections on the Legacy of Erik Erikson / Edition 1

The Future of Identity: Centennial Reflections on the Legacy of Erik Erikson / Edition 1

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As the world bears witness to the terror and warfare provoked by people's sense of who they are, how they are regarded, and what they deserve, we have entered into the 'age of identity.' Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was the prophet of this new age. His lifetime of clinical and interdisciplinary work on human development focused on the formation and maintenance of identity among people of diverse backgrounds: black, white, and Native American; rich, middle class, and poor; male and female. In this volume scholars from various disciplines, some who knew, worked with, and became good friends of Erikson, discuss and assess his legacy, and investigate the challenges that identity brings to the contemporary world. Contributions to this volume frame the challenge identity poses to contemporary scholarship through Erikson's own work, research in empirical and clinical psychology, individual and rational choice theories, Marxism, democratic theories of political participation, fundamentalism, and globalization . Through the book's truly trans-disciplinary scope, Erikson and his scholarship beg to be revisited by psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and students of interdisciplinary social sciences and humanities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739108031
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 06/18/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Hoover is Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University. His most recent book is Economics as Ideology: Keynes, Laski, Hayek and the Creation of Contemporary Politics Rowman and Littlefield, 2003.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Future of Identity Chapter 3 Remembering Erik Chapter 4 Erik Erikson: The Biographer's Reflections on a Decade-Long Process Chapter 5 Why Erikson? Chapter 6 Identity in Formation Chapter 7 Identity and Choice Chapter 8 What Should Democracies Do about Identity? Chapter 9 Globalization, Identity, and the Search for Chosen Traumas Chapter 10 Religion and Identity: Deciphering the Construals of Islamic Fundamentailsm

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