TITLE

THE SOCIAL COSNTRUCTION OF LIFE CYCLE CRISES

AUTHOR(S)
Rader, Victoria
PUB. DATE
June 1981
SOURCE
Humanity & Society;Jun81, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p120
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores an alternative interpretation of age related problems faced in organizational culture, from adolescent crises to mid-life turmoil, which seems to be increasingly explained away as individual psychological problems of human development. Crises over trust, identity, intimacy, and integrity are experiences common to particular age groups in the culture, and they bring great pain. Social scientists and people in their everyday lives are attempting to understand and explain them. The author suggests that people of all ages have very similar basic needs: to feel physically secure and loved, to experience oneself as a competent and loving person, to touch and be touched, and to contribute to lives of others. Highly specialized and hierarchical age roles may serve to maintain social control. The social constructionist analysis of the nature and causes of age-related crises markedly differs from developmental psychology and leads to quite different implications. The author concludes that the life cycle crisis will diminish when one create social arrangements which allow one to cherish each life in ways that extend resources and power available to one.
ACCESSION #
11678687

 

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