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Defining Girlhood in IndiaA Transnational History of Sexual Maturity Laws$
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Ashwini Tambe

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042720

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042720.001.0001

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Adolescence as a Traveling Concept

Adolescence as a Traveling Concept

(p.35) 2 Adolescence as a Traveling Concept
Defining Girlhood in India

Ashwini Tambe

University of Illinois Press

Where chapter 1 focuses on puberty and the physiological sense of maturity, the second chapter focuses on how a longer sense of mental maturation emerged in the nascent field of psychology via the concept of adolescence. This chapter focuses on how adolescence was first articulated in US psychology and traveled as an idea, with specific attention to the circulation between the United States and India. This chapter shows how historically recent the idea of the adolescent girl actually is in India and traces its initial appearance in expert circles and its links to US psychology. Chapter 2 closes with a visual speculation about how the adolescent girl became a recognizable identity in India; it presents a series of cover images from Stree, a popular women’s magazine, to signal how the idea of the adolescent girl was a socially constructed formulation that took shape slowly and emerged most clearly in the post-1960s period.

Keywords:   adolescence, maturity, US psychology, Indian social science, education, Stree

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