a pleasure to “go native” with teenagers

A current Inculture project have once again focused my attention on youngsters of today. As much as I get annoyed by the excessive commercial interest in youth culture – it is always a pleasure to “go native” with teenagers on the verge of becoming adults. They always, quite elegant, manage to simplify complicated issues. For instance, there are several debates about how difficult it is to define the term “knowledge”, it is… facts, skills, experience, good judgment, and so on. When I randomly asked that question to my informants, Hakan had no problems answering it:“Knowledge is what my father teaches me every day. He gives me genuine knowledge, tools to be a human being, just trying to get by in everyday life.” (Hakan, 16 years old)