By J. Burnett
A new strategy which problematizes the class of up to date maturity, this e-book contains chapters on demographic switch; turning into thirtysomething; graduates and paintings; psychological well-being and happiness; new configurations of masculinity; the sexual lifecourse; political opinions in maturity; and maturity and the housing industry.
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I have written elsewhere about adulthood as it appears in popular media debates, and how the markers of being adult have been remoulded by the economic frameworks of neoliberalism (Crawford 2006). In this chapter, the focus will be on one area in particular: the ideal of homeownership. In her essay ‘House and Home’, Iris Marion Young describes how the modern conception of a home has become deeply connected with possessing and acquiring property. Economic and psychosocial processes collude in the twentieth century in particular to encourage the expression of a subject that fulfils its desire by commodity consumption.
D. Including ‘not stated’ in Scotland. 1. 3. Thus we can say that a particular component of the social framework of contemporary adulthood is that of increased control over reproduction, translating into the possibilities of family formation, non-family formation, the use of a range of methods including adoption and assisted reproduction and developing and experiencing more than one phase and kind of (non)family formation due to relationship formation and dissolution. In turn, this dramatic, if not epoch defining, shift has generated intense cultural activity around norms, values and expectations.
When I was your age I had three kids’. But I think it was expected of them more so [than now]. There was more pressure on; it was the done thing as a rule. (Female, 32) To make matters more complicated still, rather than having to marshal particular capacities and competencies at particular points in the lifecourse and not others, the pluralisation and differentiation of contemporary life trajectories requires a range of capacities and competencies to be marshalled simultaneously in a range of social environments.
Contemporary Adulthood: Calendars, Cartographies and Constructions by J. Burnett