Giving hope back to our young people: creating a new spiritual mythology for Western culture

Gidley, J 2005, 'Giving hope back to our young people: creating a new spiritual mythology for Western culture', Journal of Future Studies, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 17-29.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size
g2006012282.pdf Submitted Manuscript application/pdf 220.93KB
Title Giving hope back to our young people: creating a new spiritual mythology for Western culture
Author(s) Gidley, J
Year 2005
Journal name Journal of Future Studies
Volume number 9
Issue number 3
Start page 17
End page 29
Total pages 13
Publisher Graduate Institute of Futures Studies, Tamkang University
Abstract There is extensive psychological literature which has linked hopelessness with depression and suicide risk for decades. Although there is a strong research and clinical base for targeting depression, there is a gap in the psychological literature when it comes to targeting hopelessness, specifically. In the absence of such a body of psychological literature, this paper draws on the research from the Futures Studies field which also records a rise in hopelessness, negativity and fear of the future among young people in the West. These phenomena (hopelessness, depression and suicide) will be analysed using Causal Layered Analysis, a methodology from the Futures Studies field, pointing to the long-term psycho-social impact on youth of the materialistic worldview that underpins Western culture. The paper will also explore the question: "how can hope for the future be promoted?" by looking beyond the dominance of materialism to spiritually inspired worldviews and the new metaphors and stories that arise from them.
Subject History and Philosophy of Education
Sociology of Education
Copyright notice © Graduate Institute of Futures Studies
ISSN 1084-4619
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Scopus Citation Count Cited 13 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Access Statistics: 1110 Abstract Views, 1112 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Wed, 10 Mar 2010, 09:55:20 EST by Catalyst Administrator
© 2014 RMIT Research Repository • Powered by Fez SoftwareContact us