The Moral Life Of Children
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The Moral Life Of Children

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Robert Coles shows how children struggle with questions of moral choice. Bringing to life the voices of children from a rich diversity of backgrounds, he explores their reactions to movies and stories, their moral conduct, their conversations and relationships between friends and family, and their anxieties about themselves and the fate of the world.
Published (first published 1986)
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currently reading, Author relies on Freud too much. gives the picture of an incomplete and biased study. However enlightening to prejudicial and bigoted view pervasively predominant through out most history of psychoanalytic field, still interwoven and underpinning many fallacies still prevalent today. Story approach makes it more of a commentary of personal reflection by the author's life work allowing for more flexibility and forgiveness in research approach. The study subjects chosen for segr...more
I had difficulty immersing myself in this book, because of the author's unnecessary name-dropping. I understand, without context, to mention that the author met Anna Freud personally, since she founded the study of child psychology. However, I see no need to add, both in-text, and in a specific endnote, that the author's wife was friends with the author Flannery O'Connor.
I thought this was going to be different than it turned out to be - it's mostly case studies and anecdotes from Coles' experiences working in the South during school integration in the 1960s as well as time he spent working with poor children in Brazil. Interesting, but not really what I was looking for, which was more of an overview and scientific analysis about morality in children than a sociological reflection.
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Child psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.

Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.
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