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Generation Next
First broadcast December 2006

Two young Asian people

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 Three - Work and responsibility

Children we tend to think of as playful and innocent, free from the cares of adulthood.

However, young people often find themselves caught between the competing worlds of work and education.

If you're a child, at least in the Western world, you are neither independent, nor are you expected to be responsible for others.

If you're an adult, you are expected to be financially independent, and to accept responsibility for yourself, your family and your community.

In the poorer countries of the developing world, on the other hand, it's rather different.

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