The Passage from Youth to Adulthood: Narrative and Cultural Thresholds (Paperback)
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The Passage from Youth to Adulthood: Narrative and Cultural Thresholds (Paperback)

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Paperback 186 Pages / Published: 26/09/2014
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The Passage from Youth to Adulthood explores a society unanchored from culturally endorsed rites of passage, in which young people and adults appear to build their identities within a culture of dependency. In this book, author Pierluca Birindelli interviews Italian young adults still living with their parents, and focuses on how those individuals view the bedroom and the objects therein. From there, he analyzes self-narrations and longer autobiographies written by university students, measuring his impressions against sociological, psychological, and anthropological literature. Birindelli explores the paradigm of what he calls "intergenerational collusion," in which fathers and sons are playing to the same script, heedless of the common good, the other, and the future. Finally, integrating the experience of young Americans abroad sparks transcultural reflections about the concept of play and the authenticity of social performance.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761863892
Number of pages: 186
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 226 x 156 x 13 mm


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Pierluca Birindelli has written a theoretically ambitious study on a very fascinating subject: Italian young people who stay at home until 30 and longer. Birindelli tells us what these young adults think and how they see their lives. In doing this he develops new interesting concepts and presents an approach which combines different methods to reveal the deep roots of the phenomenon and the effects it has on the young Italians. We literally enter their rooms and their playful existence-both concretely and theoretically. The book ends in a theory of the Big Game, which opens the way to understand this Italian specificity. This is a groundbreaking book, which will make waves far outside Italy. -- J.P. Roos, professor emeritus of sociology, University of Helsinki, former president of the European Sociological Association
The young are the future. This book, which is a book for young people and for adults, leads us with felicitous sociological imagination into the world to come with its shadows and its lights. -- Gianfranco Bettin Lattes, professor of sociology, University of Florence
The Passage from Youth to Adulthood is all about truth, is based on our true stories, true lives. This book is salt on the wounds of a disoriented and fragile generation, scared to face a world that has become way more difficult than their parents'. Pierluca succeeds in being ironic and passionate at the same time in this original work. -- Daniele Brunori, wine merchant in Guangzhou, China

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