This co-authored text seeks to examine adolescent functioning in the larger context of family and society. We will make our observation through our work in the « Maison de Solenn », an open adolescent treatment center. Is physiological criteria sufficient to define someone as an adolescent and to distinguish an adolescent from an adult ? Are today’s adolescents more precocious ? Must we consider them as adults based solely on the fact that they are bigger and stronger and cease to take into consideration the infantile part of every adolescent ?
This article suggests that the them of migration be considered as a metaphor for an interior psychical operation : the subjectalizing differentiation from the primary objects, which play a decisive role in adolescence. The issue of the subject is treated within a dialogue with sociologists, anthropologists, historians and philosophers, to the point of envisioning a plural subject open to the diversity of libidinal economies – characterized by the omnipresence of psychical bisexuality and infantile sexuality, here related to gender theory.
Migration introduces one to mixing – ethnic, cultural, but also psychical. A clinical example of adolescent psychical disorder generating elaboration and symbolization of interior strangeness illustrates the hypothesis : we are all migrants.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°3, pp. 661-672.