Uprooting and Self-Image: Catastrophe and Continuity

  • Kurt W. Back
Part of the Current Topics in Mental Health book series (CTMH)


The term “uprooting” brings to mind a definite picture. “Roots” go down into the ground, “up” represents the opposite direction, counteracting the image of rest which the first part represents. The association of vegetable life, permanency, and vertical direction gives a peculiar interpretation of a human being in a certain predicament.


Theoretical Biology Mathematical Language Retirement Village Temporary Attachment Anticipatory Socialization 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt W. Back
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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