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The Pursuit of Happyness

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Transcript of The Pursuit of Happyness

Summary
Main Character & Supporting Character

Life Course Perspective
Micro, Mezzo, & Macro
Ethical Dilemmas and Areas of Awareness
Biological, Psychological and Sociocultural Impact

Chris Gardner spends savings on bone density scanners
Struggles to sell remaining scanners, behind on bills, gets evicted
Wife Linda leaves him, too much pressure
Puts application in for a stock broker internship
Lives on nothing while struggling to complete internship
Gets the job
Chris Gardner (middle adult)
Generativity vs. Stagnation
Provide for younger generation (his son)
Further identity development with his career, maintain productivity
Chris Gardner
hard-working
selfless
determined
copes with stress by working harder

Cohort: end of Baby Boomer, beginning of generation X

Transitions: When he becomes a single parent

Trajectories: Selling bone density scanners vs. internship

Life Events: homelessness (unanticipated), winning the internship (major life changing moment)

Turning Points: Standing outside the office everyday for a month to get the internship, the Rubix cube in the taxi cab
Self-Determination vs. Best Interest of Clients
Chris identified his goal as becoming an intern at Dean Witter
Minimal chance of getting hired in a paid position as a broker
Unpaid, lack of resources for him and his son
Policy of Organization vs. Service
Facility only accepts women and children
Chris was turned away from the first shelter he sought out because he wanted to stay connected with his son
Service as a priority of helping those in need
Culture
American
Patriarchal
American Dream
White Centric
Bootstraps
Yes, Happyness is spelled correctly, per the movie
Elizabeth Killian
Adraya Garrett
Katie Horvath
Joanna Menendez
The Pursuit of Happyness
Christopher Gardner (son)
resilient
happy-go-lucky
selfless
understanding
copes with stress by joking and playing games
Micro, Mezzo, & Macro
Micro, Mezzo, & Macro
Mezzo: Impact on family
Feminist perspective- gender norms and roles for each parent.
Family system- Chris making decisions with life savings and how it impacts subsystems.
Family Stress and Coping Perspective- Studying important events that how Gardener's make meaning of them as well as examining non-normative family stressors.
Micro, Mezzo, & Macro
1981
Cold War (nation's budget compromised)
Cut in government spending: focused on social programs
Economic instability
Recession
Unemployment reached 10%
Diversity
Christopher Jr.
Initiative vs. Guilt
Opportunities to lead conversation
Scarce instances where play is conducted by Christopher at Day Care.

Balance that reinforces the development of interpersonal skills.
Environmental Crises
Poverty
1980's recession
Unemployment historically high
Racism
Institutional racism
Barriers to education
Higher education
Black vs. White unemployment
Bosses hire similar people
$.70 on the dollar



Erikson's Psychosocial Crisis
Middle Adulthood, Generativity vs. Stagnation
Ability to transcend personal interests to provide care and concern for younger and older generations
Encompasses procreation, productivity, and creativity
Provides care, guidance, inspiration, instruction, and leadership
References
http://www.prb.org/pdf08/63.2uslabor.pdf
http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/1981/02/art1full.pdf
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/12/12/racial-wealth-gaps-great-recession/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/29/black-unemployment-nancy-ditomaso_n_2974805.html
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs95/95765.pdf
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