Childhood and Society

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1993 - Family & Relationships - 445 pages

The landmark work on the social significance of childhood.

The original and vastly influential ideas of Erik H. Erikson underlie much of our understanding of human development. His insights into the interdependence of the individuals' growth and historical change, his now-famous concepts of identity, growth, and the life cycle, have changed the way we perceive ourselves and society. Widely read and cited, his works have won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Combining the insights of clinical psychoanalysis with a new approach to cultural anthropology, Childhood and Society deals with the relationships between childhood training and cultural accomplishment, analyzing the infantile and the mature, the modern and the archaic elements in human motivation. It was hailed upon its first publication as "a rare and living combination of European and American thought in the human sciences" (Margaret Mead, The American Scholar). Translated into numerous foreign languages, it has gone on to become a classic in the study of the social significance of childhood.
 

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Contents

Afterthoughts 1985
7
Foreword to the Second Edition
13
Foreword to the First Edition
16
Childhood and the Modalities of Social Life
21
Childhood in Two American Indian Tribes
109
The Growth of the Ego
187
Youth and the Evolution of Identity
275
Published Writings of Erik H Erikson
425
Index
431
Back Cover
446
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A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Erik H. Erikson was renowned worldwide as teacher, clinician, and theorist in the field of psychoanalysis and human development.

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