Coming of Age in Times of Uncertainty

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Berghahn Books, 2007 - Social Science - 144 pages
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Adulthood is taken for granted. It connotes the end of childhood, the resolution to the "storm and stress" period of adolescence. This conception is strongly entrenched in the sociology of youth and the sociology of the life course as well as in the policy arena. At the same time, adulthood itself remains unarticulated; journey's end remains conceptually fixed and theoretically uncontested. Adulthood, then, is both central to the social imagination and neglected as an area of sociological investigation, something that has been noted by sociologists over the last four decades. Going beyond the overwhelmingly psychological literature, this book draws on original qualitative research and theories of social recognition and thus presents a first step towards filling an important gap in our understanding of the meaning of adulthood.

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Contents

REPRESENTATIONS OF ADULTHOOD
9
ADULTHOOD INDIVIDUALIZATION AND THE LIFE COURSE
28
ADULTHOOD AND SOCIAL RECOGNITION
51
FROM ADULTHOOD AS A GOAL TO YOUTH AS A VALUE
66
New Adult VOICES I
83
New ADULT VOICES II
98
CONCLUSION
112
BIBLIOGRAPHY
125
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Harry Blatterer received his PhD in sociology at the University of New South Wales. He is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Sydney, where he teaches introductory sociology and a course on modern intimacy.

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