ABSTRACT

As our world becomes increasingly permeable, and as human populations are rapidly converging and transitioning within a global interconnectedness, it is vital that we look to, and learn from, those most adept at the adaptation, creation, and contesting of culture: adolescents. This text is designed to bridge critical gaps in the understanding of the daily lives, identity development, and experiences of adolescents in diverse cultures around the world. Cultural context is predictive of developmental uniqueness; comparisons provide insights into how social structures and relationships influence the manifestation of individual patterns of development and experience. In quantitative and qualitative detail, the contributors relate the nature of adolescent life to cultural, biological, ecological, demographic, and social variables. The findings of this book will be relevant not only to other social anthropologists, but also to sociologists and developmental/educational psychologists.

chapter 1|20 pages

Introduction: Adolescent Identity, Risk, and Change

ByBONNIE L. HEWLETT

part |1 pages

PART I Evolution: History and Hunter-Gatherers

chapter 3|33 pages

Risky Adolescent Behavior: An Evolutionary Perspective

ByBRUCE J. ELLIS

chapter 4|29 pages

Hunter-Gatherer Adolescence

ByBONNIE L. HEWLETT, BARRY S. HEWLETT

part |1 pages

PART II Culture and Development: Ritual, Risk, and Identity

part |1 pages

PART III Globalization: Tradition, Modernity, and Identity

chapter 10|23 pages

Traditional Dress in Kuwaiti Adolescents’ Drawings: Relations to Social Attitudes

ByRAMADAN A. AHMED, JUDITH L. GIBBONS

chapter 11|32 pages

Introduction of Television and Dominican Youth

ByMARSHA B. QUINLAN, JENNA R. HANSEN

chapter 12|24 pages

China’s Emergent Youth: Gender, Work, Dating, and Life Orientation

ByWILLIAM JANKOWIAK, ROBERT L. MOORE