The Generative Society: Caring for Future Generations

Pages: 292
Item #: 4316013
ISBN: 978-1-59147-034-2
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Copyright: 2004
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Adult individuals in all societies have long understood the need for generativity—concern for and commitment to caring for the next generation. The need for generative action is particularly critical now given the societal and global threats that we face in the first years of the twenty-first century.

Building upon Erikson's groundbreaking developmental model that first propelled the construct of "generativity versus stagnation" into mainstream consciousness, The Generative Society examines this critical stage of development that occurs during the "long middle" of adulthood, as it exists on societal and cultural levels. This volume's diverse group of eminent scholars explores the complex relationships between generativity and various societies' political, economic, religious, educational, and cultural arenas. Integrating empirical research, scientific and cultural theory, and their own informed observations and speculations regarding generativity in society, the volume that results is a rich and stimulating exchange about the multifaceted role of generativity in human life and in society.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction

  1. The Generative Society: An Introduction
    —Ed de St. Aubin, Dan P. McAdams, and Tae-Chang Kim
  2. What Is Generativity?
    —Dan P. McAdams and Regina L. Logan

II. Generativity in Society and Culture

  1. Generativity and Culture: What Meaning Can Do
    —John Kotre
  2. Reflections on Generativity and Society: A Sociologist's Perspective
    —Kai Erikson
  3. The Propagation of Genes and Memes: Generativity Through Culture in Japan and the United States
    —Ed de St. Aubin
  4. Generativity as Social Responsibility: The Role of Generations in Societal Continuity and Change
    —Takatoshi Imada
  5. The Generative Life Cycle Model: Integration of Japanese Folk Images and Generativity
    —Yoko Yamada

III. Generativity and Social Institutions

  1. Rope of Ashes: Global Aging, Generativity, and Education
    —Ronald Manheimer
  2. Generativity Behind Bars: Some "Redemptive Truth" About Prison Society
    —Shadd Maruna, Thomas P. LeBel, and Charles S. Lanier
  3. American Religion, Generativity, and the Therapeutic Culture
    —Michele Dillon and Paul Wink
  4. Generativity and Gender: The Politics of Care
    —Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore
  5. Guarding the Next Generation: The Politics of Generativity
    —Bill E. Peterson
  6. Generativity and the Politics of Intergenerational Fairness
    —Takeshi Sasaki
  7. Volunteerism and the Generative Society
    —Mark Snyder and E. Gil Clary

IV. Looking Forward, Looking Backward

  1. An Ethical Analysis of Erikson's Concept of Generativity
    —Don Browning
  2. Erik Erikson on Generativity: A Biographer's Perspective
    —Lawrence J. Friedman
  3. The Generative Society: An Epilogue
    —Ed de St. Aubin, Dan P. McAdams, and Tae-Chang Kim

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Ed de St. Aubin is an assistant professor of psychology at Marquette University. His intellectual interests in life span developmental psychology concern the study of lives over time and within context. His scholarship has focused on generativity, personal ideology, family dynamics, psychobiography, crime desistance, and cultural psychology. He is founder and senior consultant of W.A.S.H.E.D (Wisconsin Association of Self Help for Enduring Desistance), a crime prevention and desistance agency which facilitates the development of generativity in ex-offenders.

Dan P. McAdams is the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, professor of human development and psychology, and director of the Foley Center for the Study of Lives at Northwestern University. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and recipient of the 1989 Henry A. Murray Award, he has published widely on the topics of identity and the self, intimacy, generativity and adult development, and the role of narrative and life stories in personality and developmental psychology. His books include The Stories We Live By (1993); The Person: An Integrated Introduction to Personality Psychology (3rd ed., 2001); Generativity and Adult Development: How and Why We Care for the Next Generation (1998, Edited with Ed de St. Aubin); and, Turns in The Road: Narrative Studies of Lives in Transition (2001, Edited with Ruthellen Josselson and Amia Lieblich).

Tae-Chang Kim, President of the Institute for Integrated Study of Future Generations, devoted his early academic career to the study of how his country (Republic of Korea) could be democratically modernized. Then after transferring to Japan, he now focuses on how the present generation of scholars can contribute to the well being of future generations. His research publications cover the topics of self and other, global and intergenerationally responsible public philosophy, and private and public happiness.