Examine the structure and context of identity development in a
number of different countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany,
Sweden, Italy, China, and Japan.
While some identity development proceeds in much the same way
across national contexts, this issue suggests that there are
important nuances in the ways in which identity unfolds in each
country. Macrocultural forces, such as permissiveness in Sweden,
collective guilt in Germany, and filial piety in China, direct the
identity development process in important ways.
Expectations regarding obligations and ties to family also
direct the identity development process differently in many of the
countries included in this volume--such as extended co-residence
with parents in Italy, lifelong obligations to follow parents'
wishes in China, and democratic independence in Sweden. The various
countries are compared and contrasted against the United States,
where much of the early identity research was conducted.
The volume also reviews specific identity challenges facing
immigrant and ethnic-minority individuals in countries that receive
large numbers of immigrants--Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the
Netherlands, and Italy--and suggests many future directions for
identity research in various parts of the world.
This is the 138th volume in this series. Its mission is to
provide scientific and scholarly presentations on cutting edge
issues and concepts in child and adolescent development. Each
volume focuses on a specific new direction or research topic and is
edited by experts on that topic.
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