On Revelation and Recognition

  • Thomas Cottle School of Education, Boston University
Keywords: recognition, role models, character, parenting, family


A discussion is presented regarding the development of a child's sense of self and the need for adult role models in this development. Complicating this development is the culture's preoccupation with forms of distraction, such as entertainment. As a result of children's engagement with entertainment and celebrity worship, many young people grow up without encountering parents, teachers, or youth workers who create inter­active environments in which the child learns about itself An argument is advanced that the fascination with celebrity role models bespeaks a need for recognition from genuine role models and guides for developing what has been called a narrative imagination leading to a rich involvement with the world and a capacity for empathy.
How to Cite
Cottle, T. . (2005). On Revelation and Recognition. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 20, 43–55. Retrieved from http://acycpjournal.pitt.edu/ojs/jcycw/article/view/402