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SOCI 305 1 2/16/2010 Theorizing Adolescence SOCI 305 Assumptions about adolescence o Rebellious, vulnerable, experimental, emotional, unpredictable Contemporary context o Physically mature without social power o Legal status o Puberty: adolescents are sexually mature but we don’t like the idea of them being sexually active o Mistakes expected G. Stanley Hall: “Traditional Theories of Adolescence”, 1904 o Change in what kind of authority parents had o Authority: urbanization, economic shift o Rooted in Hall’s own experience o Recapitulation theory: adolescence is a return to savagery o Time of immodesty, irregularity (much like how we view it today, mood swings, etc) o Storm and stress o Return to primitive state o Girls are perpetual adolescents, boys enter and leave the stage o People thought that girls shouldn’t have educations because too much blood to brain o Its three key aspects are conflict with parents, mood disruptions, and risky behavior […]In its three aspects, recent evidence supports storm and stress, but only when
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Unformatted text preview: modified to take into account individual differences and cultural variations. • Margaret Mead’s challenges to Hall’s recapitulation theory o Choices create storm and stress o Did research in Samoa SOCI 305 2 2/16/2010 o Hall was experiencing adolescence wholly different from his own adolescence in a rural society o Parents and communities have expectations and pressures o Adolescence is a social construct based on cultural traditions and social structure • New paradigm for the sociology of adolescence o We need to look at adolescents’ experiences as not just phases but more permanent kinds of expression o Relationship with authority o Respect choices/learn about them o Length of adolescence linked with gender and social structure o Agents of change o Determine value, self-awareness o Difficult to study with ethnography...
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