SOC-1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 35: Erik Erikson, Kid A
SchoolUniversity of Winnipeg
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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OLD SOCIETY
A.Sorensen's vision of the problem:
• The link between gender and responsibility for the care and upbringing of
children will be broken.
• We might see a gradual disappearing of the "manly" and he "womanly" life
course and emerge of a gender neutral or a androgynous life course.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE IN AGING SOCIETY
• Education and training
• Later retirement
• Low fertility
CHANGES IN GENDER RELATIONSHIPS
• HYPOTHESIS: The quality of life for many women (and their families)
probably would be greatly improved, but there is little reason to think
that it will fundamentally change their position in the labor market for
SOCIOLOGISTS ANSWER TO THIS: The flexible life course is in many ways the
ideal way to accommodate the problems women today have in balancing
family and work concerns.
The alternative way to break women's monopoly of child care is to rethink a
division of labor between parents such that one is primarily responsible for the
economic support of the family and the other for the family centered tasks.
PSYCHOLOGICAL APPROACH OF ERIK ERIKSON
Stages of Psychological Development
2. Toddler ; Autonomy vs. shame and doubt
3. Pre-schooler ; initiative vs. guilt
4. Grade-schooler ; industry vs. inferiority
5. Teenager ; identity vs. role confusion
6. Young adult ; intimacy vs. isolation
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