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Adolescence: Moving Through into Adulthood
Adolescence: Moving through into adulthood

In the progression from childhood into adulthood, the period of active biological growth spurt puberty - indicates a developmental period that is for all intents and purposes a crucial arena for cultural organization. Social institutions of various kinds share the interest in guiding the developing children into their specific social roles of adulthood. The elders - the keepers of the (often) secret wisdom of the tribes - would expect the young adults to accept their leadership in expertise. The formal political institutions would attempt to guide adolescents into the roles of law-abiding citizens. If the latter entails participation in the political system through the form of participatory democracy, the children are guided towards acceptance of the ...

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