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An Anthropological Lens on the World of Emerging Adults


Emerging adulthood is the passage to an “ego-identity” with the obligation to selfactualize. It implies a new relation of an individual to society and to self. Emerging adults are required to reconstitute social relationships.

Emerging Adulthood (ED) identities are built along 4 dimensions:

  • Full autonomy
  • Faithfulness to oneself
  • The right to have a pleasurable life
  • The quest for security

EAs live in a neoliberal society characterized by 3 imperatives :

  • competition
  • consumption
  • communication

Presentation by Gilles Bibeau on the critical characteristics and experiences of emerging adults and what we know about their mental health status.

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