Emerging adulthood through the lens of social identity
Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education: A New Student Development Paradigm
In this chapter, the authors consider the ways socially constructed identities influence how emerging adulthood is conceptualized and understood. They begin with their shared assumptions about student development and review of key terms. The authors review the existing emerging adulthood literature and the extent to which it considers varied lived experiences and developmental trajectories based on individuals’ socially constructed identities. Social class “is an experience of shared economic circumstances and shared social and cultural practices in relation to positions of power”. As emerging adults explore their identities, racially minoritized individuals do not have the privilege to ignore race and the effects of racism while their White peers can. It is essential to use a race-conscious lens to conceptualize identity exploration during emerging adulthood. Regardless of sexual orientation, many emerging adults express a desire to be in a long-term, monogamous relationship and to become parents. J. J. Arnett was cognizant of how gender roles influence the transition from adolescence into adulthood.
Perez, R., & Landreman, L. (2018). Emerging adulthood through the lens of social identity. Emerging Adulthood and Higher Education: A New Student Development Paradigm, 42-57. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315623405-4