Youth Culture

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  • Youth Culture
    • Youth culture is the particular values, styles, cultural tastes and behaviour of young people.
      • It's the period between childhood and adulthood.
        • Youth culture usually ends at around 26.
          • Youth culture can be seen as a rite of passage.
            • First described by Arnold Van Gennep.
    • Discouse of youth
      • A discourse is a way of thinking and acting, it came from Michel Foucault.
        • Positive
          • They need time to be free, have fun and break rules before settling down.
          • Young people learn from their mistakes.
          • Young people aren't a problem
        • Negative
          • Young people are a problem
          • They're troublemakers, rebels and criminals.
          • They are a threat to society
    • Moral pancis
      • A moral panic is when the media exaggerate a situation, making it worse and the public panic. Sanly Cohan came up with the term.
      • Subculture - a smaller group within a larger one
        • Spectacular subcultures - different from subcultures, very very different from mainstream culture
      • Media may create moral panics in order to gain views and profit.
        • They have a negative discourse of youth, creating moral panics.
    • Subcultures
      • Assume groups of young people don't follow the same norms and values as mainstream culture.
        • The groups are very different from eachother.
          • Groups of individuals develop an opposition to authority
        • They share norms and values which are different to mainstream society.
          • 1/3 of people in the UK have been active members of a youth subculture.
      • Reasons to join
        • Provide a sense of identity, an outlet for tensions.
          • Individuality can be expressed
            • Can bond with like-minded people with shared interests.
        • Reasons for emergence of youth culture
          • Style, Music, Changing Identities, Rite of Passage, Oppression, Resisting the norm.
    • Spectacular Cultures
      • Young people make an explicit statement of themselves.
        • Flamboyant styles and confrontational attitudes.
          • Sociologists began studying them in 1970.
    • Countercultures
      • They can be antagonistic or reject the tradition of mainstream culture
        • These cultures are described as countercultures
          • They might challenge authority or drop out of mainstream society


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