October 10: Who Are we Transitions and resources
Mid-life changesReclaim opposite-sex qualities Males adopt more female and female adopt male characteristicsAwareness of life as “half-finished”Myth of “mid-life crisis”: rare65+: Reflection on accomplishments/regrets65+: Reflection on the larger meaning of life
Sharing transitionsWhat were some key transitions or turning points inyour life?What were the processes of “letting go” andexperimentation that led to your “moving on”?What resources or support did you draw on to engagein this transition?
“3 Cs RESOURCES” "What one does--skills, vocations, roles (competencies) Where one is from--locations, beliefs, groups (communities) Who one is with--personal relationships (commitments)"
COMPETENCIESThe ability to competently employ different activities Being known as being good at doing certain things Being know as being an “effective organizer”What are you good at doing?How does that define your identity?How are you perceived as a resource?
COMMUNITIES/PLACES Memberships in communities, groups, or organizations “Who I am or what I make out my identity to be (to myself and others) at a certain moment (which can be relatively transient or lengthened) seems to be always situated in a consideration of where I am speaking from and to whom.” (Angel Lin, 2008). What are those communities, groups, or organizations in which you are a member? How does this membership define your identity?
PlaceAllegiance to a place/space as a resource Member of a neighborhood Resource: Knowledge about a place/spaceWhat are some places/spaces with which you’realigned?What resources to you gain from these alignments?How do these alignments shape your identities?
Commitments: Relationships RRelationships RelationshipsRelationships can provide support and resourcesIdentities within relationships: “Parent,” “friend”Different kinds of relationships Parent with one child versus another child Differences in commitment to relationshipsHow did your relationships support you intransitions?
History in personsWhat were some key historical events in your life?How were your affected by those events?How have different generations been influenced bythese events? Fact of living through the 1960s
17th: WorkplaceDifferent versions of self: Workplace Family Community/civic Leisure/hobbies/recreation: painting, travel, etc.
Workplace identitIesWhat kinds of work (job/home/community) did youdo?How did this work change over time?What activities were you good at doing?How did you become known for your competency?How did you juggle competing demands between job,home, community, leisure activities?
Workplace identitiesFriedman, “New Rules” Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.Mike Rose: “The Working Life of a Waitress”(handout)/ “The Intelligence of the Waitress inMotion” (online and handout) “The waitress gets very good at ‘working smart.’ My mother would sequence and group tasks.”
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