Identity: Youth and Crisis

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1968 - Psychology - 336 pages

Identity: Youth and Crisis collects Erik H. Erikson's major essays on topics originating in the concept of the adolescent identity crisis.

Identity, Erikson writes, is an unfathomable as it is all-pervasive. It deals with a process that is located both in the core of the individual and in the core of the communal culture. As the culture changes, new kinds of identity questions arise—Erikson comments, for example, on issues of social protest and changing gender roles that were particular to the 1960s.

Representing two decades of groundbreaking work, the essays are not so much a systematic formulation of theory as an evolving report that is both clinical and theoretical. The subjects range from "creative confusion" in two famous lives—the dramatist George Bernard Shaw and the philosopher William James—to the connection between individual struggles and social order. "Race and the Wider Identity" and the controversial "Womanhood and the Inner Space" are included in the collection.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
I Prologue
15
II Foundations in Observation
44
Epigenesis of Identity
91
IV Identity Confusion in Life History and Case History
142
V Theoretical Interlude
208
Youth
232
VII Womanhood and the Inner Space
261
VIII Race and the Wider Identity
295
Writings on Which This Book Is Based
321
Notes
323
Index
331
Back Cover
337
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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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