Date of Award

2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

G.Cradoc

Keywords

Adolescent, Criminology, Delayed Adulthood, Genealogy, Young People, Youth Behavior

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

This thesis focuses on conducting a Genealogy of ‘Delayed Adulthood’ from the Foucauldian understanding of the theory of genealogy. Considering how certain terms can hold their own meaning well before they are given proper labels, it is believed that understanding the origins of the classification of youth behavior could be a determinant in explaining the reasoning behind ‘Delayed Adulthood’.

As well, by applying two research syntheses to analyze the literature collected, understanding ‘Delayed Adulthood’ as well as the transgression of the way adults labelled youth behavior became more systematic and methodological. By understanding that ‘Delayed Adulthood’ can be presented within the literature by a variety of other terms, it is believed that a knowledge base can develop to aid in determining what such a term can mean for different people.

The research conducted took focus on the ways the term ‘Delayed Adulthood’ was being applied to youth behavior, especially when it came to millennials in the 21st century. Despite how the literature focuses on ‘Delayed Adulthood’ meaning a young person’s delay in transitioning into adulthood, it is believed that more can be understood by this. Considering the lack of an official definition, it is hypothesized that applying such a term could result in potentially negative effects in a young person’s development. Finally, the research presented was also applied to the field of criminology regarding the literature discussing the potential for a ‘delayed adult’ to commit delinquent behavior.

Included in

Criminology Commons

Share

COinS