Garrison, Joshua
March 2008
American Educational History Journal;Spring/Summer2008, Vol. 35 Issue 1/2, p131
Academic Journal
The article discusses educator and psychologist G. Stanley Hall and his ideas about the sexual behavior of youths and recapitulation theory. His book "Adolescence: Its Psychology and Its Relations to Physiology, Anthropology, Sociology, Sex, Crime, Religion, and Education" has been controversial because it argued that young people could be treated in a colonialist manner because of the racist idea that their development was similar to that of "uncivilized" people. Hall's method for understanding the mind's of children is discussed as is the prominence of ideas about children's behavior and recapitulation. Other topics include evolutionary anthropology, Hall's tendency towards overgeneralization, and the ideas of naturalist Charles Darwin.


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