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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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The Meaning of Community

The Meaning of Community

Symbols of Initiation—Reciprocity

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Coming of Age the RITE Way

David G. Blumenkrantz

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the concept of reciprocity through examples contained in the vision quest narrative in chapter 3. It explores and expands on community psychology’s definitions for community to include nature, ancestors, and Spirit in an “initiatory constellation,” which is central to adolescent identity formation. A working model for understanding and using the central elements in a psychological sense of community is introduced for guiding youth and community development through rites of passage design strategies. The chapter proposes three core questions to help frame our exploration into the intersection of rites of passage and community: What are youth being initiated into? By whom? and For what purpose? The answer to these key questions can guide the design of more viable and potent village-oriented rites of passage.

Keywords:   Bar Mitzvah, emotion, connection, influence, reinforcement, Tikkun Olam, share, symbol, reciprocity

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