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Is there a story or novel in which, upon attaining an age of majority, the new adults must either explicitly sign on to a formal social contract or be exiled?

It seems like the sort of thing that should have been done, but I can't think of any examples. (Several rite-of-passage novels come to mind, of course, but that's different.) It seems like obvious Prometheus Award bait...

Not quite what I'm looking for:


  • Starship Troopers (service for citizenship is not mandatory, not age-linked, they won't throw you out)

  • Coventry (participation in society is assumed, exile is an option for felons)

  • Those Who Walk Away From Omelas (almost right, but there's no explicit social contract, just a utopia powered by evil)

  • Divergent (not sure, but appears to be about cliques and conformity rather than governing rules of society)

  • anything where you have to lose or win citizenship rights rather than just agreeing with them





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Date: 2016-07-15 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cvirtue.livejournal.com
I can't think of any, even of the rather heavy sociology handed golden age stuff my parents kept in the house.

Thinking about writing up the social contract for OUR society, even our over-educated corner of it, sounds like a job that would drive me insane.

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Date: 2016-07-15 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aishabintjamil.livejournal.com
It's been a while since I read them, so details are fuzzy. L. E. Modesitt's Recluce books, specifically The Magic of Recluce, might qualify. I can't remember if there was an explicit contract, or just a judgment that the main character wasn't willing to accept the social rules of his home.

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Date: 2016-07-16 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldsquare.livejournal.com
There was some discussion that I recall in A Young Ladies Illustrated Primer about clades and social compacts, but I am not recalling if there was a discussion about when youth reach majority.

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Date: 2016-07-16 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etherial.livejournal.com
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