The paper attempts to analyze some of the ways ‒ identified by a piece of research ‒ with which, in this ‘late modern’ age, teenagers face up to their transition into adulthood. Specif-ically, the paper examines the use by adolescents of risk practices, which in contrast characterize their aspiration to take control of their own life, that in contemporary Western society has acquired a significant importance. The question behind this work is: which strategies do teenagers use to make sense of their life experiences? How much have the young people involved in this research (at least partially) internalized the traditional categories to encode their own environment, at the same time finding out their "barrenness". All of this, despite the public discourse which contributes to the construction of meanings and interpretations that young people assign to things; these needed to be identified and deconstructed, starting from the teenagers’ experience, which is however imbued by the ongoing discourse.
Keywords: Adolescence; identity; transition; risk; limit; rite of passage.