Early Childhood, Aging, and the Life Cycle

Mapping Common Ground

  • Jonathan G. Silin

Part of the Critical Cultural Studies of Childhood book series (CCSC)

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About this book


In this book, Silin maps the common ground between early childhood and the period sociologists call “young-old age.” Emphasizing the continuities that bind children and adults rather than the differences that traditional developmental psychology claims separate us, he focuses on the themes we all manage across a lifetime. Building on memoir and narrative, Silin argues that when we recognize how the concerns of childhood continue to thread their way through our experience, we look anew at the shape of our lives. This book highlights the powerful generative acts through which people of all ages find new meanings and relationships to compensate for the individual and social losses that mark our lives. 


ageing human development social work social psychology

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan G. Silin
    • 1
  1. 1.Bank Street College of EducationNew York, NYUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-71627-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-71628-2
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