What is it like to be an adult in the 21st century?

What is it like to be an adult in the 21st century? 


Today's youth face the transition to adulthood in an uncertain and changing social context. Most young people today do not follow the sequence of events that marked the path of previous generations: fill in the programs of study, get a stable work , become emancipated, get married and have children. Does it mean that these traditional markers have been rejected? This workshop will present the results of the project "Transitions to adulthood in the 21st century" which proposes an interdisciplinary framework to study youth and identify the tools that facilitate the development of a mature identity, capable of successfully facing the challenges of adult life. 

workshop organized by the group of research 'Youth in transition on the framework of the challenge ICS 2022-2023 'Young people, relationships and psychological well-being'.

degree scrollWhat is being an adult in the 21st century? Evidence from the social sciences'.


→ Almudena Moreno Mínguez (University of Valladolid)
→ Javier García Manglano (ICS, University of Navarra)
→ Cecilia Serrano (ICS and Catholic University of Milan)
→ Claudia López Madrigal (International University of Catalonia)



9:30 a.m. Opening

9:45 Changes in the emancipation process, at core topic generacional (1920-2000). Almudena Moreno Mínguez, Sociology, University of Valladolid.

10:45 Coffee break

11:15 The transition to adulthood in the 21st century.

- Traditional script: professional and family markers. Javier García Manglano, Sociology, University of Navarra.

- The marital paradigm: life priorities and commitment. Cecilia Serrano, Sociology, Catholic University of Milan.

- Identity capital, a psychosocial proposal . Claudia López, Psychology, International University of Catalonia.

12:30 Question time

13:00 Break

13:15 What next? Proposals for future youth programs of study

13:45 Closing

14:00 Lunch break



May 9, 2023




ICS Lecture Hall

City Pamplona
Organised by Institute for Culture and Society