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Youth, as a distinct phase of the life cycle, is not a universal phenomenon. Although the processes of sexual maturation and biological aging are the common experiences of human beings, age is not an equally salient principle of social organization in every society. Moreover, different societies divide up the spectrum of chronological age at various points for purposes of classifying socially recognized phases of the life cycle. In many preliterate and peasant societies the tr…

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Martin, Bernice, “Youth”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 05 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_Y.7>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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