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Coming of Age in America: The Transition to Adulthood in the Twenty-First Century

Mary Waters


What is it like to become an adult in twenty-first-century America? This book takes us to four very different places—New York City; San Diego; rural Iowa; and Saint Paul, Minnesota—to explore the dramatic shifts in coming-of-age experiences across the country. Drawing from in-depth interviews with people in their twenties and early thirties, it probes experiences and decisions surrounding education, work, marriage, parenthood, and housing. The first study to systematically explore this phenomenon from a qualitative perspective, the book offers a clear view of how traditional patterns and expec ... More

Keywords: New York, San Diego, Iowa, Saint Paul, coming of age, young people, expectations

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780520270923
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520270923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Waters, editor

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Mary C. Waters, Patrick J. Carr, and Maria J. Kefalas

Chapter 1 Straight from the Heartland

Patrick J. Carr, and Maria J. Kefalas

Chapter 2 Transitions to Adulthood in the Land of Lake Wobegon

Teresas Toguchi Swartz, Douglas Hartmann, and Jeylan T. Smortimer

Chapter 4 Coming of Age in “America’s Finest City”

Linda Borgen, and Rubén G. Rumbaut

Chapter 5 Becoming Adult

Richard A. Settersten Jr.

Chapter 6 Conclusion

Maria J. Kefalas, and Patrick J. Carr