Essay on The Rites Of Passage Have Been Used By All Cultures

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Rites of passage have been used by almost all cultures since the beginning to mark the transition an individual takes from youth to adulthood. In many ancient cultures it has involved ceremonies often religious in nature. In typical modern day American society, the movement from adolescence to adulthood also comes with certain rites of passage. In the late teen years many youths have the desire for more independence. Many will get an afterschool job; this gives them some financial freedom. Next comes the transportation, many will use the proceeds from the job to buy a car, giving them a little more freedom. Parents may begin to let their teens stay out later and go on dates. Next comes college. Older teens look to their future after high school graduation, applying for college and eventually moving out of their childhood home and into an apartment or college dorm. All of these events are how most American teens transition from adolescence into adulthood, becoming part of this new group of adults.
Gangs are considered groups of young adults who claim a certain area, they will protect their area at all costs even if it means using violence (Regoli, R., Hewitt, J., & Delisi, M., 2014). Gang members consider other members of their group their family and likewise will protect their family with violence if needed. A young teen does not just show up one day and say I want to become a gang member and is let right in. It is not unheard of for teens at the young age of 12 and 13 to…

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