functionalist view of youth culture

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Functionalism seeks to understand how youth culture fits in to society. It considers the period of youth as a time of change and transition. Parsons says that young people try to detach themselves from their parents and achieve their own independence. He says that this time is a 'rite of passage' that all young people go through.

Eisenstadt suggested that as youth culture is a time of stress and anxiety caused by the changing norms of becoming an adult, young people had to rely on…

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