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Ebook The Children of the Dream by Bruno Bettelheim read! Book Title: The Children of the Dream
The size of the: 3.91 MB
Edition: Simon & Schuster
Date of issue: January 29th 2001
ISBN: 0743217950
ISBN 13: 9780743217958
The author of the book: Bruno Bettelheim
Language: English
Format files: PDF

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A very interesting analysis published in 1969 by child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim summarizing what he learned about the child-rearing practices of an Israeli kibbutz, based on his seven-week stay at the right-wing Atid in 1964. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book was his speculation concerning the motivations of the first-generation kibbutzniks. Framing their ideals as a rebellion against the roles their parents had played in European societies, he specifically focused on the avoidance of the traditional nurturing and controlling role of the Jewish mother in the development of their new child-rearing programs.

Bettelheim followed the parenting and educational kibbutz program from infancy to young adulthood, contrasting at each stage childhood experiences of kibbutzim children with those of middle class children in American cities. His emphasis of age-group dependence and loyalty made it difficult for me to not visualize them as the scary children in the movie Village of the Damned.

The author wondered if the spirit of the kibbutz could continue in succeeding generations. The parents were seen as heroes, who had helped transform a desolate area into productive farmland, and also played a crucial role in the creation of the state of Israel. He doubted the children, due to their upbringing, could ever find similar heroic roles for themselves, or could even have the propensity to seek them. I'll now have to find more recent information on the fate of the kibbutzim to assess his concerns.

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Ebook The Children of the Dream read Online! Bruno Bettelheim was an Austrian-born American child psychologist and writer. He gained an international reputation for his views on autism and for his claimed success in treating emotionally disturbed children.

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