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Document Type

Review

Date of this Version

1991

Publication Source

Contemporary Psychology

Volume

36

Issue

7

Start Page

580

Last Page

581

Abstract

Although adolescence is a well-accepted stage of life in Western society, the issue of whether it exists as a separate life stage in all cultures remains an open and important question. As part of the cross-cultural Harvard Adolescence Project directed by Beatrice and John Whiting, this book is an assessment of traditional concepts of adolescence in Morocco. Based on 11 months of intensive fieldwork, as well as multiple years of work in the same village, the authors used ethnographic observation, interviews, and psychological testing to collect a wide array of data on about 50 families including 150 children in the rural Moroccan town of Zawiya. Recurring themes in the lives of these adolescents, including maturity, self-awareness, gender, hierarchy, and ambivalence, are interwoven into a discussion of the basic social organization of Moroccan life.

Copyright/Permission Statement

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology by the American Psychological Association. The journal has since ceased.

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Date Posted: 25 April 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.