Adolescence in most western societies is very largely a period of preparation for the serious world of work. Young people have to chose the vocations they will follow and prepare themselves for their life’s task. Sometimes the area of choice is very limited. The poor young man growing up in the deep rural village in Jamaica seems to have little choice but to drift on to his father’s holding as an additional farm-hand, or to offer himself for hire as an unskilled labourer. But he may escape to the city, or to a more developed village, where the area of choice immediately becomes wider.
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