Crossroads: The Quest for Contemporary Rites of Passage

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Louise Carus Mahdi, Nancy Geyer Christopher, Michael Meade
Open Court Publishing, 1996 - Psychology - 452 pages

Crossroads is a rich, multidisciplinary collection of contemporary thought on rites of passage from leading psychologists, anthropologists, social and religious leaders, medical professionals, educators, and parents. Contributions include personal first-hand accounts of rites of passage that hold a profound meaning for the authors, practical information about contemporary professional work by individuals and organizations working with youth in transition, inspiring myths and stories from many cultures, and meditations on life transitions in relation to the problems we face today, such as the epidemics of violence and teen pregnancy.

"In no uncertain terms, Crossroads opens our eyes to our responsibility to the adolescents who are now growing up without knowledge of the spiritual roots in their culture. Many of the writers have first-hand experience and first-rate ideas of how to transform this cultural crisis. Piercing insight with realistic hope!"--Marion Woodmanauthor of The Ravaged Bridegroom

"Crossroads serves as a guide book to exploring all new terrains through the development of fascinating new programs in education. These new programs are designed by devoted elders to instruct and help bridge the gap . . . . Just as Black Elk, shaman of the Ogalala Sioux tribe, had a vision for the survival of his people, so too do the contributors of Crossroads."--Ronnie LandauThe Round Table Review
 

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Contents

Ritual the Sacred and Community
17
Rites of Passage at the End of the Millennium
27
PART FIVE INDIVIDUAL RITES OF PASSAGE 305
35
Michael Ventura
51
Life without Father
87
Saving Youth from Violence
99
Gang Rites and Rituals of Initiation
115
John R McKernan Jr
133
Up With People
221
Coming of Age at
231
Reenactment of Traditional Rites of Passage
275
Almost GrownUp
291
Growing Up in Guatemala
327
Father and Son in Egypt
335
A Modern Girls Quest
353
An Ojibway Vision Quest
359

William Raspberry
141
An Experiential Rite of Passage
147
African American Rites of Passage Today
167
The Senior Passage Course
185
VisionQuest
199
Old Men Muskrats and Adolescent Dreams
213
The Vision Quest
365
What Parents Can
381
Higher Education and Rites of Passage in America
399
Crucibles for Change
415
List of Leaders and Organizations
423
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