The Social Construction Of Youth Essay

1592 Words Nov 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
This essay will look into the social construction of youth, arguing whether sociology can help us understand the nature of adolescents. This will be done by first finding the definitions of adolescents and sociology, secondly it will discuss the different sociological perspectives (Marxist, Functionalist and Post-modernist) on what their perspective on youth and youth subcultures are and how they can help people to understand the nature of adolescents. Leading on to the analysation of social construction; what it is all about and how society has socially constructed youth. Lastly I will be putting across a suggestion that youth can be seen as a Morden invention by some sociologists.

According to the dictionary adolescents is described as
“A period in life following the onset of puberty during which a young person develops from a child into an adult” (dictionary, 2016). However, sociologist define adolescents as the biological, social, economic and psychological development transitions between childhood and adulthood (S Nicholls, 2009). The term adolescents vary dramatically across different countries, which can have a significant effect on how people define youth.
Wyn and White (1997) “The period of youth is significant because it is the threshold to adulthood, and it is problematic largely because adult status itself is problematic”
Children growing up in third world countries in comparison to children growing up in England will have different life experiences, social…

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