Who is/What are Youth?
the UN defines "youth" as being between 15-24 years old
o there are different definitions by member states (ie. in the African Youth Charter,
the age range is between 15 and 35)
o late boundaries in the definition of youth may be due to delays in adulthood
because of the economy, marriage and education
an idealized childhood of innocence and purity is borne out of anti-child labour laws
during the Industrial Revolution which sought to protect children from dangerous
working conditions and responsibility reserved for adults
children are unlikely to interact with adults other than those in their intimate social circle
such as teachers and parents
childlike youth are seen to be a product of "helicopter parenting"
the phenomenon of medicalization (the expansion of the domain of medical jurisdiction
into the lives of individuals