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By Francesco Duina

We have a good time, speak about, and fear very much approximately transitions in existence. Going to varsity, having a primary baby, wasting a role, and retiring represent quite a few of the pivotal moments within the lives of many. Sociologists and psychologists have committed enormous cognizance to existence transitions. but we all know little or no approximately no matter if there exists a standard thread to our understandings of lifestyles transitions commonly. How do newshounds, top politicians, recreation icons, bestselling authors, executive companies, Hallmark playing cards, renowned television indicates, and different “voices” of pop culture discuss transitions in lifestyles? Do those voices offer a coherent photo of ways we make experience of existence transitions?

In this e-book, Francesco Duina indicates how the dominant American discourse articulates easy techniques to transitions in existence. the 1st technique depicts transitions as interesting, individualistic possibilities for brand spanking new beginnings: the previous is forged apart, the long run is large open, and the self has the chance to recreate itself anew. the second one paints transitions as having to do with continuity, our connections to others, and the life-cycle, with an emphasis on attractiveness and model. even though contrasting, the 2 ways finally supplement one another. Their research unearths very much approximately American tradition and society, and should be of serious curiosity to scholars of the existence path and the sociology of culture.

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