Thematic Analysis

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Thematic Analysis

Thematic Analysis

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In this paper, I will discuss the stage of human life i.e. Adulthood, and the characteristics of each which is very important because what we are, our experiences, and what we are going and what will happen to us in some years.


Emerging Adulthood” and “youth” are often used interchangeably, although they are rooted in different scholarly traditions. Emerging Adulthood is a concept drawn from developmental psychology. It is based on the assumption of common age-related characteristics. It uncritically links the social being with physical traits, assumed to be identical to an age group. Such views reproduce a normative and stereotypical image and are criticized for incorporating Western middle-class and gender biases. Youth is a concept used in sociology. It tends to allow consideration of other characteristics than age (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, social class, etc.). Sociology of youth tends to focus on young people's relations with adults, institutions, and with the cultures they develop. Yet, age tends to remain a major category. For this reason, the approaches of youth as a life stage or age group have been challenged as adultocratic. Besides, according to Lynne Chisholm (1997), youth tends to be socially constructed as masculine and associated with disturbancy and ephebiphobia, or the fear of youth.

Thematic Analysis


One phenomenon largely associated to Western countries is eating disorders. Medical evidence shows that disordered eating usually begins during early Emerging Adulthood and a main risk factor is an experience of physical or sexual abuse. In the United States, bulimia has a higher prevalence among girls from low-income families, more likely to be African American. Despite being associated with Western societies, increased evidences of eating disorders in the developing world may be attributed to the globalized media, but also to less studied local factors (e.g., urbanization, new cultural constructions of female body image).

Opinions on adolescents' political activism vary: from a large perception on adolescents' apathy, to claims that the very forms of political activism have changed (including now boycott campaigns and cyber-activism/protests). Recent examples of youth activism are student-led protests in 2007 Burma, the so called “Twitter Revolution” in Iran in 2009, and in Republic of Moldavia in 2008, the demonstrations of Tibetan youth (2008), of French young people (2006) or the 2002 feminist movement “Ni Putes Ni Soumises” initiated by young French Muslim women against the suburbs' gender-based violence. Despite the fact that most young girls and boys have positive social experiences and are striving to succeed in school or work, Emerging Adulthood received a bad press. In recent years, society ceased to see young people as “the future” out of the concern for various socially constructed problems like teen pregnancy, adolescent crime, substance abuse, premature and unsafe sexuality, etc. The “fear of youth” informed legal decisions on reducing the age of criminal responsibility and various methods of surveillance and control (e.g., security systems, mobile phones, computer surveillance, metal detectors, and surveillance cameras).


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