Philippe Gutton : the fundamental anthropological concept of adolescence

After a general introduction to the Colloquium of October 5, 2012 at the Collège de France, the author proposes the fundamental anthropological concept of adolescence. Two formative processes involved in its creation are the pubertary and the infantile. The processes of adultness are the repetition, recollection and elaboration of infantile neurosis. In anthropological terms, they represent established order. The situation is explored from the perspective of the encounter – critical, and perhaps constructive and founding – between the pubertary undergoing sublimation and adultness.

Adolescence, 2014, 32, 1, 11-21.