Different adulthoods: normative development and transgressive trajectories [Special section guest editorial]

O'Dell, Lindsay and Brownlow, Charlotte and Bertilsdotter Rosqvist, Hanna (2018) Different adulthoods: normative development and transgressive trajectories [Special section guest editorial]. Feminism and Psychology, 28 (3). pp. 349-354. ISSN 0959-3535


In dominant representations of the life course, the move through time is assumed to be a relatively unproblematic developmental trajectory from childhood to adulthood, with some acknowledgement of potential turbulence in the transition. Feminist work, such as that of Erica Burman (Burman, 2018 and also see special issue of Feminism & Psychology 2015 for responses to her work), has highlighted the constructed nature of child development and the conceptual and political issues at stake in the proposition of a singular developmental trajectory. In this Special Section we extend this theorizing into a consideration of adulthood. Our interest is in how normative adulthood becomes naturalized through dominant developmental discourse.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 23:51
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: normative adulthood
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0959353518786522
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/35445

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