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This volume presents the reader with a stimulating rich tapestry of essays exploring the nature of action and intentionality, and discussing their role in human development. As the contributions make clear, action is an integrative concept that forms the bridge between our psychological, biological, and sociocultural worlds. Action is also integrative in the sense of entailing motivational, emotional, and cognitive systems, and this integration too is well represented in the chapters. Action is defined, and distinguished from behavior, according to its intentional quality. Thus, a constantly recurring theme in the volume involves the dialectic of action-intentionality, and specifically the questions of how and when these concepts are to be distinguished.

Personal Projects and Social Ecology: Themes and Variations across the Life Span
Personal projects and social ecology: Themes and variations across the life span
Brian R.Little

Jill is seething. She has had yet another blowup with her boss and is rehearsing her resignation speech as she stares out of her office tower window. Twenty-one stories below, and two miles to the southeast, Jack, a toddling tantrum in disposable diapers, is also having a bad day. Jill is surrounded by the pleasant amenities of a postmodern upscale office. Jack lives with his stepbrother and grandmother in a crowded apartment that could be regarded, at best, as decidedly downscale. Jill has not always been angry; Jack will be smiling again by 6 o'clock. Jack and Jill do not ...

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