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Coming of Age the RITE Way
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Coming of Age the RITE Way: Youth and Community Development through Rites of Passage

David Blumenkrantz


This book examines the relationship between adolescents’ passage to adulthood and community adaptation, resiliency, and survival. It reviews the literature on initiation and rites of passage along with relevant concepts from community psychology, especially the notion of a psychological sense of community. Cross-cultural ethnographies and case studies offer examples of traditional initiation rites. Elements central to a psychological sense of community and community-oriented rites of passage are explored. Social service paradigms that promote independent programs designed to “fix” people are c ... More

Keywords: youth development, education, prevention, teenage, substance abuse, rite of passage, psychological sense of community, academic achievement, school climate, social-emotional

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190297336
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190297336.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Blumenkrantz, author
Executive Director, The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family & Community Services