Uprooting and Development

Dilemmas of Coping with Modernization

  • George V. Coelho
  • Paul I. Ahmed

Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Coping with the Inner and Outer Worlds of Change

  3. Meanings and Impacts of Uprooting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-99
    2. Peter Marris
      Pages 101-116
    3. Edward A. Tiryakian
      Pages 131-152
  4. Stressful Situations of Children and Adolescents in Transition: The Role of Attachments and Social Supports

  5. Stressful Situations of Foreign Students: Challenges of Cross-Cultural Education

  6. Stressful Situations of New Settlers: Coping Strategies of Immigrant Women and New Ethnic Groups

  7. Stressful Situations of Uprooted Communities: The Role of Public and Government Bodies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-448
    2. Aliza Kolker, Paul I. Ahmed
      Pages 479-496
    3. Paul I. Ahmed, Frank Tims, Aliza Kolker
      Pages 497-511
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 531-538

About this book


Uprooting has to do with one of the fundamental properties of human life-the need to change-and with the personal and societal mecha­ nisms for dealing with that need. As with the more general problems of change, uprooting can be a time of human disaster and desolation, or a time of adaptation and growth into new capacities. The special quality of uprooting is that the need to change is faced at a time of separation from accustomed social, cultural, and environ­ mental support systems. It is this separation from familiar supports that either renders the uprooted vulnerable to the destructive conse­ quences of change, or creates freedoms for their evolution into new and constructive patterns of life. Whether the outcomes will be destruc­ tive or constructive will be determined by the forces at work: the nature and power of the uprooting forces versus the personal and societal capacities for coping with them. Uprooting events are so widespread as to be compared with the major rites of life, but with the difference that dislocation is involved. Uprooting reaches from self-imposed movements such as rural-to­ urban migration, running away, and traveling abroad for schooling, to natural and man-made disasters such as earthquakes, political oppres­ sion, and war. The impacts vary from the need to adapt to. a new culture for an interim period of study to the desolating consequences of the total loss of family, friends, home, and country.


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Editors and affiliations

  • George V. Coelho
    • 1
  • Paul I. Ahmed
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthRockvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health and Human ServicesU.S Office of International HealthRockvilleUSA

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