Did you grow up in a gladiator school?

This week in The Adulthood Project…

We had a really good start to the month! This week I set up a bunch of phone and in person interviews. Each member of the team will be interviewing someone about their experiences with adulthood and coming of age. After a few days of transcribing interviews, I think every team member is ready to interview new people and get more information.

We also worked on our coding system…Basically what we are doing is creating a code for the description of where someone grew up. We are using data from the street interviews that the Adulthood Project has done in the past. We are working on our coding system of where someone grew up, for example: country, region, suburb, urban, rural, positive, negative etc…and of course, cliche. Our team has come across many cliche examples of how their experience was growing up. Many cliches that we encountered were: “quiet”, “typical”, “nice”, “peaceful”, “close knit”, “sheltered”, “family oriented”, etc. One interviewee described their experience growing up as “gladiator school“. As the youngest of five, I can easily relate to that definition. But it really makes me think about how people describe how they grew up.

We also went to Northwestern Library this week and I found some great books to read concerning my topic of anti-adulthood and deviance, so stay tuned…


Some articles that I read this week were:

Coverage of Nonexistent Hookup Culture Makes Students Feel Left Out of Nonexistent Hookup Culture: This article discusses the alcohol-fueled orgy that is the college “norm” for hook ups. Examples of case studies regarding hook up culture give examples of those who are “left out” of this culture, such as commuter students and military students.

Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t: This article discusses how higher income “single ladies” have more of an opportunity to reject patriarchy and the institution of marriage. For lower-income women, however, deciding whether to get married or not will be a big part of her economic future.

Age-Appropriate Chores for Children (and Why They’re Not Doing Them): This Montessori chart of “Age-Appropriate Chores for Children” has caused great debate over social media sites such as Facebook. People are criticizing the list and saying that these chores are not appropriate for children (i.e. carrying firewood is dangerous). Parents are debating about whether or not they are raising entitled brats or teaching their children to contribute to the family, learn responsibility, and take pride in their work.