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By Francesco Duina

We rejoice, discuss, and fear greatly approximately transitions in existence. Going to school, having a primary baby, wasting a task, and retiring represent quite a few of the pivotal moments within the lives of many. Sociologists and psychologists have committed enormous cognizance to lifestyles transitions. but we all know little or no approximately no matter if there exists a typical thread to our understandings of lifestyles transitions normally. How do newshounds, major politicians, recreation icons, bestselling authors, executive businesses, Hallmark playing cards, renowned television exhibits, and different “voices” of pop culture discuss transitions in lifestyles? Do those voices supply a coherent photograph of ways we make experience of existence transitions?

In this publication, Francesco Duina exhibits how the dominant American discourse articulates uncomplicated techniques to transitions in existence. the 1st strategy depicts transitions as interesting, individualistic possibilities for brand new beginnings: the previous is solid apart, the long run is extensive 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 popularity and variation. notwithstanding contrasting, the 2 ways finally supplement one another. Their research finds very much approximately American tradition and society, and should be of serious curiosity to scholars of the lifestyles path and the sociology of culture.

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