The rise of 'adultescents
' (a play of the words adult and adolescent).
Adulthood has not generally been seen in this way, as a naturalised category whose dominance means that it avoids scrutiny, but the idea of exnomination usefully captures how the adult category operates, both in general and in the particular case of debates about kidults and adultescents
. Aberrations from the adult norm have been discussed, analysed, even pathologised, without the focus ever turning to the dominant centre.
to Zoomers: An Examination of Age and Gender in Prime-Time Television." CQ 55.3 (2007): 343-57.
Like Kevin the Teenager times two, Dale and Brennan are the ultimate adultescents
, sulking in their tree house, comparing notes on their favourite dinosaurs and kicking back to watch Shark Week in Bruce Lee T-shirts.
So we start adolescence much sooner and try to avoid having to leave it at all--to the point that the marketing chappies have taken to identifying the 20- to 35-year-old segment as "adultescents
." In Japan, 70 per cent of working women aged 30-35 live with their parents.
But as thirty and fortysomething adultescents
continually plunder the decade of their youth and regurgitate the popular culture of the time as if it was some ground-breaking communal experience, the sense of not being cool enough for school second time around is even worse.
: Young people at a crossroads between living independently and relying on parents.
Theories on changing attitudes to adulthood have resulted in the invention of terms such as "adultescents
" ( people who are determined not to grow up ( and "tweenagers".
- or kidults - include Jerry Hall, Nicky Haslam, Jeremy Irons, Fatboy Slim, Richard Madeley and even Bill Clinton.