Arrested Adulthood The Changing Nature of Maturity and Identity

ISBN-10: 0814715982
ISBN-13: 9780814715987
Edition: 2000
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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 6/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"Sociologists will appreciate [C?t?'s] attempt at showing the social and structural roots of and consequences for unbridled consumerism." Contemporary Sociology Why are today's adults more like adolescents, in their dress and personal tastes, than ever before? Why do so many adults seem to drift and avoid responsibilities such as work and family? As the traditional family breaks down and marriage and child rearing are delayed, what makes a person an adult? Many people in the industrial West are simply not "growing up" in the traditional sense. Instead, they pursue personal, individual fulfillment and emerge from a vague and prolonged youth into a vague and insecure adulthood. The transition to adulthood is becoming more hazardous, and the destination is becoming more difficult to reach, if it is reached at all. Arrested Adulthoodexamines the variety of young people's responses to this new situation. James E. C?t? shows us adults who allow the profit-driven industries of mass culture to provide the structure that is missing, as their lives become more individualistic and atomized. He also shows adults who resist anomie and build their world around their sense of personal connectedness to others. Finally, C?t? provides a vision of a truly progressive society in which all members can develop their potentials apart from the influence of the market. In so doing, he gives us a clearer vision of what it means to be an adult and makes sense of the longest, but least understood period of the life course.

Introduction
The Changing Nature of Maturity
Maturity Transformed: The Rise of Psychological Adulthood
Snapshots of Late Modern Society
A Brief History of Adulthood
The Personal Testimony of a "Brave New Adult"
An Academic Search for Adulthood in America
Gender Divergence and Reconvergence
The Making and Unmaking of Adulthood in the Twentieth Century
The Blurred Line between Youth and Adulthood
Cultural Destructuring and the Decline of Social Markers
Individualization and the Rise of Psychological Adulthood
More Freedom and Opportunity, but Who Will Take Care of the Children?
The Science of Adulthood: How Do I Know When I'm Grown Up? Who's Going to Tell Me?
Examining the Evidence--In over Our Heads?
The Social Science of Adulthood
Going to the Source: Subjective Definitions of Adulthood
The State of the Civilization: Are Americans Acting More, or Less, Grown Up?
Adults and Their Progeny: The Blind Leading the Blind?
The Decline of Civil Society: Cultural Destructuring and Default Individualization
The Adult of Mass Society
The Brave New Adult: Models of Maturity for Mass Society
Problems Faced by the Adult of Mass Society
Mass Society
Observations from the Midtwentieth Century
Mead's Culture and Commitment
Riesman's Lonely Crowd
Contemporary Observations
The Sense of Entitlement in The Culture of Narcissism
The Half-Adult of The Sibling Society
The "Relational Self" of Postmodern Society
The "Relational Voice" from Patriarchal Society
Transitions to Adulthood in the Late Modern Cafeteria
The Changing Nature of Identity
Identity Transformed: The Decline of Authority and Structure
How Has Identity Been Transformed by Mass Society?
Understandings of Ego Identity Problems in Mass Society
Culture and the Identity Crisis: Erik Erikson
Exploration and Commitment: James Marcia
Identity Pathways: Ruthellen Josselson
Clinical Identity Problems in Late Modern Society
The Borderline Personality Disorder
Ego Identity Disorders and Problems
Social Identity Problems: Individualization and the Decline of the Collective
Learning to Live with Psychological Uncertainty and Risk
The Brave New Society: Forever Young in a High-Tech World
A Kinder, Gentler World Order?
Huxley's Brave New World: How Close Are We to the Ultimate Mass Society?
How Did Things Get So Confusing?
The Discovery and Conquest of Youth
The Rise of Youth Culture and the Fall of Adulthood
Mass Culture and Arrested Development
Using the Past to Predict the Future: The Rise of Youthhood and New Trajectories
Youthhood as a Destination
Cultural Variation in the Transition to Adulthood
Youthhood, Adulthood, and Happiness
Coming to Grips with Late Modernity: New Forms of Maturity and Identity
Learning to Love an Indefinite Future?
What Societies of the Future Have to Offer
The Normality of Narcissism
A Working Typology of Brave New Adults
Structure and Agency: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full, and for Whom?
Charting a Course: The Happiness of Pursuit
The Seven Deadly Sins: Collectivism and Individualism Reconsidered
Identity Capital: Agency and Human Potential in Individualistic and Communal Societies
A Model of Maturity: A Universalizing Consciousness with a Caring Particularism
Political Vision and Will: Toward Intergenerational Justice
Notes
References
Index
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