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The Children of the Dream

Bettelheim, Bruno
Publisher:  Avon
Year Published:  1969  
Pages:  380pp  
Resource Type:  Book

An 1960s account o communal child-rearing in Israeli kibbutzim.


Table of Contents


Part I: An Experiment in Nature
1. Reasons for the Study
2. The Sample
3. Ethos for a Nation
4. An Afterthought
5. Kibbutz Origins
6. The Women
7. Pragmatism
8. Implications
9. Larger Relevance

Part II: Infancy and Early Childhood
10. Basic Security
11. Early Weaning
12. The True Provider
13. Crib Mates
14. Desertions
15. The Impermanent Adult
16. Bedtime
17. Emotional Input
18. Attuning to Others
19. A Collective Superego
20. Children's Hours
21. Intimacy

Part III: The Latency Age
22. Bedwetting
23. The Casual Meal
24. Living Quarters
25. A Freedom to Roam
26. Oedipal Relations
27. Empathy and the Introject
28. Retreat from Power
29. King Solomon's Judgment
30. Emotional Disturbance
31. Multiple Mothering
32. The Labours of Love

Part IV: Adolescence
33. 'They're All So Great … '
34. Where the Group Wind Blows
35. The Freedom to Choose
36. Careers and the Future
37. Group Values
38. Sex
39. The Hedgehog's Dilemma
40. Private Property, Private Emotions
41. A Private Piece of Ground
42. Those Who Leave

Part V: Results of Kibbutz Education
43. A New Kind of Jew
44. World of Kibbutzim?
45. The Middle Reaches
46. A Fine Way for Some

Part VI: Their Mold and Ours
47. Trust Versus Mistrust
48. Autonomy, Shame, and Doubt
49. Initiative Versus Guilt
50. Industry Versus Inferiority
51. Integrity Versus Despair



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