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Generation Next
First broadcast December 2006

Young girls drinking

As part of the BBC's Generation Next season, the BBC's Robin Lustig asks what does it really mean to be an adult

He explores what "youth" means in different societies and cultures worldwide in this five-part documentary series.

Part One - Child vs Adult

Robin looks at the legal, social and cultural frameworks separating the "child" from the "adult".

According to the dictionary, an adult is "a person who is fully grown". A child, therefore, is "a person between birth and full growth".

In this first programme he focuses on aspects of life such as sex and marriage, work, voting, politics and crime.

He talks to young people around the world - including Albania, Ghana, India, Korea, South Africa, the US and the UK anbd finds that there's much more to childhood and adulthood than biology.

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