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High School Graduation Ceremonies

Intergenerational Relations and Models of Social Order

Edna Lomsky-Feder

The aim of this study is to draw out the structural logic of high school graduation ceremonies in general-and in Israel in particular-in order to understand their cultural meaning. The article analyzes 55 accounts of ceremonies held at Israeli-Jewish secondary schools just before the students' conscription into the army. Analysis shows that these events are organized around competing intergenerational models of the social order. Each generational unit locates itself differently vis-à-vis the state order, suspending familial loyalties in the face of loyalty to generational interests. The adults position themselves as representatives of the hegemonic order, while the students demonstrate its arbitrariness and the possibility of resisting it. Thus, the graduation ceremony structurally regulates the intergenerational encounter and the basic conflict between the family and the state on the eve of the students' enlistment.

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Girls in Transition

Negotiating, Constructing and Re-constructing Girlhood after the “Fall” in Rural Kenya

Christine Oduor-Ombaka

This article discusses problems of childbearing as experienced in rural Kenya by girls in their adolescence—a powerfully formative time of transition to adulthood. Findings reveal that girls face unique challenges and harsh choices when they are faced with pre-marital pregnancy such as emotional violence and abuse, early marriage, expulsion from school, unsafe abortion and poverty. Many Kenyans are calling on the government and communities to put into place policies and programs necessary for empowering girls with enough information to make a healthy and safe transition to adulthood.

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Raili Nugin

Resource in the Transition to Adulthood,” Young 13, no. 4 (2005): 327–342; Axel Honneth, “Organized Self-Realization: Some Paradoxes of Individualization,” European Journal of Social Theory 7, no. 4 (2004): 463–478. 38 Olve Krange and Ketil Skogen

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“I’m No Donna Reed”

Postfeminist Rhetoric in Christian At-Home Daughterhood Texts

Elizabeth Shively

examines expectations about romance, purity, and transitions to adulthood amongst young conservative Christian women, many of whom are committed to the related practices of at-home daughterhood and contemporary Christian courtship. Such courtship, which is

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When Jackie Coogan Had His Hair Cut

Masculinity, Maturity, and the Movies in the 1920s

Peter W. Lee

the way” ( Anonymous. Clipping 1924a: CPv.7 ). Social critics who worried about the so-called feminization of boys that would hamper their transition to adulthood, may have found such depictions less amusing as the boy star aged (Mintz 2004). Although

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Beth Gutelius, Janet Gibson, Dhan Zunino Singh, Steven J. Gold, Alexandra Portmann, Peter Cox, Rudi Volti, Adrian Drummond-Cole and Steven D. Spalding

generational grouping, these “young” people find emigration an attractive proposition because of the stultifying marginalization they have previously experienced in Italy, where transition to adulthood is long and difficult and where the aged cartel holds on to

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“I Love You, Guys”

A Study of Inclusive Masculinities among High School Cross-Country Runners

Luis Morales and Edward Caffyn-Parsons

establish a robust model on the transformation of homosocial behaviors in the transition to adulthood, this data provides insight as to the way heterosexual boys—in the process of forming their gendered identity—may begin to engage in homosocial behavior and