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Arrested Adulthood: The Changing Nature of Maturity and Identity


reviewed by Naomi Kroeger — 2002

coverTitle: Arrested Adulthood: The Changing Nature of Maturity and Identity
Author(s): James E. Côté
Publisher: New York University Press, New York
ISBN: 0814715982 , Pages: 245, Year: 2000
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On first glance Arrested Adulthood: The Changing Nature of Maturity and Identity is yet another fusillade in the culture wars, representing the genre of hand-wringing over a golden past. Unfortunately, its descriptions of the current cultural scene and the people who walk across the contemporary stage -- from fractured families to young adults moving back to their parental home to schoolyard shootings to road rage to advertisement-soaked television programs to national leaders who assure us that we do not need to practice self-control or to conserve our resources but should consume more to grow the economy and produce more to feed our media stimulated appetites -- are all too recognizable from our own lived experience. All represent the narcissism that marks our age. The author begins by reflecting on what is meant by adulthood, pointing out that until recently, this was a non-question since we assumed that we knew what adulthood was. Adulthood, by and large, was defined in terms of social roles -- work, marriage,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 924-927
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10792, Date Accessed: 6/28/2017 4:45:12 AM

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  • Naomi Kroeger
    Hunter College
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    Naomi Kroeger is a member of the Sociology Department of Hunter College, City University of New York. Her scholarly interests include identity transformation and social transitions, especially in times of rapid social change.
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