Interesting that we, who live with a culture that does not have highly formal rites of passage (rituals of change) from one social identity to another--like barmitzvah (sp?), can identify relatively INFORMAL and personal ones (e.g. driving a car, first sex experience, college degrees, first haircut, long pants, etc.).
Well, there used to be a few rites of passage. When there was a draft, going in to the peacetime Army was one. Also, for boys there was often the Boy Scouts; girls had the Girl Scouts. In cities, using the public transportation alone was another.
I am guessing that many young people today just move along, from grade to grade, and rites of passage might not even be in the lexicon?
I am guessing that if this was researched, rites of passage may be an obsolete concept for the mainstream U.S. society? It almost sounds like something that might only still be part of some subcultures, but not mainstream. Or, possibly part of some ethnic cultures that are in the U.S.?
Where are the sociologists, when one needs one? (Was the "S" on Superman's outfit really for Sociologist? He did always seem to understand a situation.)