What is it about?

Emerging adulthood is a new concept in psychology. Its proponents say that it is based on biological and psychological features that are unique to the stage. I argue that it is a result of early adulthood situated in a post-industrial society with few opportunities to find steady employment and a stable life. In addition I make the argument that it infantilizes youth and prevents them from having political agency.

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Why is it important?

Psychology has always been used to individualize the impact of social and economic pressures and essentialize people based on imagined criteria. Research that offers a critique of the framework are important


I enjoyed doing research for the project and am embarking on new projects based on what I learned

Gowri Parameswaran
State University of New York

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This page is a summary of: The social historical roots of the concept of emerging adulthood and its impact on early adults, Theory & Psychology, October 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0959354319876985.
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