This study explores the experiences of youth in the provincial town of Pontianak, West Kalimantan, done in Pontianak, the
provincial capital of West Kalimantan during the years 2008-2009. It tries to understand the various patterns of relations
between growing up and being young, how social relations of interdependence are embedded within this process, and how it is
experienced by different segments of youth population in Pontianak. By trying to understand how young people navigate between
being young and growing up as two co-existing dimensions of their lives, this study offers an alternative approach to deal
with the limitations of both perspectives of ‘growing up’ and perspectives of ‘being young’ which are often discussed, and
deployed in research, separately. Mainly using a qualitative approach focusing on subjective experiences of an educated youth
population coming from the lower middle class, it explores how tensions and continuities between growing up and being young
are experienced in life domains influential in young people's lives: education, work, and romantic relationships. It shows
the interweaving of life domains that young people have to negotiate in their lives, which are also often dealt with separately
in studies on youth. The continuities and tensions between growing up and being young are captured through identifying two
main patterns of relations: ‘being young while growing up’ and ‘growing up while being young’, with the difference between
them being a matter of different emphasis along what is basically a continuum.
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