One of the most exhilarating and terrifying, yet meaningful and productive actions a teenager can do is fly out of the comfortable coop their parents have built for them. There is little responsibility while living under a family member’s roof and there are controversial feelings within a teenager on if s/he is ready to live self-sufficiently. Leaving the nest is an important step for every individual as well as for society as a whole. Could you imagine if everyone lived with all of their extended family in America similar to many other cultures around the world?
According to societal rules in America, a child is supposed to move out and go to college or get a job when s/he is eighteen. In reality a clear majority of teenagers do not do this when becoming of age. There are parents that allow their child to live at home through college and even after college due to variables that could be that they couldn’t find a job, don’t want to find a job, or have a job that isn’t sufficient in being able to pay the bills for their own house. This is what a Practice theorist would notice because the general ideal of life after high school to most kids, while growing up, along with parents having children, is for the child to move out and be self-sufficient, while a vast amount of teenagers are unable to do so and end up living in their parent’s home into their twenties with little to no negative repercussions. This in an example of invisible rules in a society that are not followed in practice.
A Marxist would focus more on why they couldn’t move out once they reach eighteen and be able to connect those reasons to capitalism. This would pertain to the idea that being in a capitalist society allows for children to stay home until graduation for a better education in order to make the best productive citizens in society. By having a capitalist economy it is assumed that relationships in the work force are going to deal with the mode of production, means of production, and mode of exchange. If a teenager does not have the money to go to college then they do not have the means to become a productive member of society and contribute to the U.S. capitalist system. The less people that are able to go out and buy a home while maintaining a job, the harder it will be for our capitalist society to be efficient in production and exchange, therefore those who live with their parents after college are of interest to a Marxist anthropologist in an economically productive standpoint.