Traditions in Transition: Adolescents Remaking Culture
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
© 2011 by the American Anthropological Association.
Special Issue: Psychological Anthropology and Adolescent Well-Being: Steps Toward Bridging Research, Practice, and Policy
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 426–431, December 2011
How to Cite
LeVine, R. A. (2011), Traditions in Transition: Adolescents Remaking Culture. Ethos, 39: 426–431. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1352.2011.01205.x
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2011
- life course;
- cultural drift;
- culture change
This article proposes a cohort-based theoretical model of understanding adolescence as a key moment in the intersection of individual and cultural change. Drawing on work from anthropology, psychology, and sociology, adolescence is shown to be a critical time for examining the proximate interactions of individuals with the cultural models and norms transmitted to them in the re-creation of new generational norms and practices. Examples are provided from Kenya, Mexico, and Nepal as well as the United States. This kind of psychocultural research contributes to policy, practice, and theory regarding both adolescence and cultural change.