The Future of Identity

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

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Erik Erikson's lifetime of clinical and interdisciplinary work on human development centered on the formation and maintenance of identity among people of diverse backgrounds. In this volume key scholars of identity from various disciplines, some who knew and worked with Erikson, discuss and assess his legacy. Truly trans-disciplinary in scope Erikson and his scholarship begs to be revisited by psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists, and students of cultural studies.

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  • Hardback | 180 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108026
  • 9780739108024

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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.

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The Future of Identity will not only acquaint new readers with Erikson's work, but will spark new interest among those thoroughly familiar with Erikson's groundbreaking theory of human development. I found the book to be much more than a commemoration--a true advance in the humanities and social sciences that should have an impact. -- Dana Ward, Executive Director, International Society of Political Psychology, Pitzer College, Political Studies In rich, imaginative chapters that range from explorations of personal identity to political, religious and state identities, this exciting book offers a wonderful tribute to the power of Erik Erikson's ideas. The creative possibilities of his concept of identity flourish in these writings, and serve as proof of the power of Erikson's ideas to stimulate others. -- Dana Crowley Jack, author of Silencing the Self and Behind the Mask Recommendeddddd CHOICE Many prominent developments in our time-globalization, multiculturalism, and postmodernism-have rendered the issue of identity crucial and urgent. In reaction against a bland universalism and the perceived danger of Westernization, we see the emergence of "identity politics," often with a vengeance (e.g. religious/ethnic fundamentalism). There is much discussion in the literature today about what "identity" means; but the discussion is often confused, emotional, or tendentious... As Kenneth Hoover points out in his Introduction, this work can provide a corrective to a number of currently fashionable, but ultimately faulty perspectives on identity. Against these perspectives, Erikson offers a balanced and socially more sensitive and responsible alternative... Publication of this volume will no longer permit anyone to ignore this alternative. -- Fred R. Dallmayr, Packey J. Dee Professor Emeritus, University of Notre Dame Recommended CHOICE

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