Rites of Passage


It is evident that the nature of rites associated with thetransition to adulthood have changed significantly over the years. Inthe past years, the transition to adulthood focused on physical ritessuch as circumcision (Cre8itnow25,2015). However, societal changes have changed the nature of the ritesthat are considered as a means of transition to adulthood. People inthe developed countries now focus on rites such as graduating fromhigh school, securing a good job, getting married or joining a gangas the ways of transitioning to adulthood. The young adults producedby society today are considered to better off than the adultsproduced in the recent past (Dacey et al., 2008).

The young adults of today are economically stable and learned. It isno longer about the physical attributes of a person, but the social,educational and economic changes in a person that determine thetransition to adulthood. Societal changes have resorted to certainrites such as every year birthday parties for the children(Cre8itnow25,2015). Graduation ceremonies and weddings are all rites that areassociated with transition to adulthood. The young adults of todayare people who can take up responsibilities such the parentingresponsibilities. Additionally, the young adults can also participatein the building of the society through their employment. Technologyhas also changed the nature of the rites of passage into adulthood(Dacey et al., 2008). In today’s society, it is considered that achild has attained adulthood when he or she joins various socialmedia platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

It is evident that the social changes are mainly common in thedeveloped countries such as the US and the UK. Majority of Africancountries still perform physical initiation rites and believe thatthis is the benchmark for transition into adulthood (Hendrick, 2013).This has led to societies with adults without education,underemployed and unable to raise and sustain families.


Cre8itnow25.(2015). The Rite Journey – Boys Rite of Passage Program forSchools. Viewed from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-_k9KQe48Y

Hendrick, C. (2013).&nbspThe nature of theory and research insocial psychology. New York: Academic Press.

Dacey, J. S., Travers, J. F. &amp Fiore, L. (2008). Humandevelopment across the lifespan. McGraw Hill Publishing.