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Coming of Age the RITE WayYouth and Community Development through Rites of Passage$
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David Blumenkrantz

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190297336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190297336.001.0001

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“Whaddaya Read? Whaddaya Know?”

“Whaddaya Read? Whaddaya Know?”

An Invitation to Share Stories

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Coming of Age the RITE Way

David G. Blumenkrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the power of stories. From the story of the Trojan horse to our collective story surrounding September 11, 2001, stories can change the world. The chapter describes how stories from the author’s forty-five years of practice illustrate key concepts and theories that have been brought together into a new approach called youth and community development through rites of passage. It introduces “different ways of knowing,” citing works and wisdom from indigenous people along with scholars who address the utility of direct experience as no substitute for the acquisition of knowledge. It closes by honoring and telling a story of the author’s relationship with the founder of the field of community psychology and longtime friend and mentor Professor Seymour Sarason.

Keywords:   transformational, story, community, Seymour Sarason, community psychology, rite of passage, wisdom

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