Article Analysis of Lynn Smith's 'Betwixt and Bewildered: Scholars are Intrigued by the Angst of Emerging Adults'
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The article "Betwixt and Bewildered: Scholars are Intrigued by the Angst of "Emerging Adults" by Lynn Smith discusses a societal trend towards young adults (18-25) who are struggling to achieve the traditional markers of adulthood. The article covers some of the scholarly debate of the subject, wherein some researchers accept the phenomenon, others reject it, and between them they find little in the way of clear definition of the problem and its ramifications.
There are some interesting points to make about this article and the ideas that it contains. The first is that the emergence of this generation is weighed against the concept of a traditional adulthood. The reality is that the 'traditional adulthood' view has only existed for a couple of generations and is more a construct of sociologists than a direct reflection of reality (Henig, 2010), which also means that it existed as the result of specific societal conditions. If it seems to a baby boomer than a young adult today should have a good career, house and family by the age of 25, that merely represents the ideals of their generation, not anything concrete that can or should be used as a measure of success. Before the Second World War, it was common to have a family before 20, and have begun apprenticing for a career by that point as well. Baby boomers were, by such comparisons, as confused and lazy as they accuse today's youth of being. Indeed, all generations are characterized by their own unique circumstances. If