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Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World

ISBN: 978-1-55786-851-0
344 pages
August 1998, Wiley-Blackwell
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This innovative collection of newly commissioned essays from leading experts in sociology and cultural studies looks at youth culture through subcultural identity. Youth Culture is the first text to bridge sociology and cultural studies in order to understand youth identity replacing the outmoded theories based on deviance. This volume examines the social worlds of young people in their "natural environments"; suburban bedrooms, shopping malls, rock concerts, and school. In addition, it explores the impact of the media and music on youth, using Beavis and Butthead, "grunge", and heavy metal bands as examples of youth subcultural identity.

Epstein's collection of prominent writers and researchers will give you a better understanding of why youths, in particular, are prone to collective identity, and how they achieve their sense of self through fashion, music, sports and entertainment.

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List of Contributors vii

Acknowledgments x

1 Introduction: Generation X, Youth Culture, and Identity 1
Jonathon S. Epstein

2 Teenage Sexuality, Body Politics, and the Pedagogy of Display 24
Henry A. Giroux

3 Teens and Schools: Who is Falling through the Cracks and Why 56
Sarah Nixon-Ponder

4 Beavis and Butt-Head: No Future for Postmodern Youth 74
Steven Best and Douglas Kellner

5 The Industrial Identity Crisis: the Failure of a Newly Forming subculture to Identity Itself 100
David A. Locher

6 Identity and Status Stratification in Deadhead Subculture 118
Robert Sardiello

7 “Don’t Need you:” Rethinking Identity Politics and Separatism from a Grrrl Perspective 148
Mary Celeste Kearney

8 “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle:” Pan-capitalism and Alternative Rock 189
Javier Santiago-Lucerna

9 “This Ain’t No Disco” … or is it? Youth culture and the Rave Phenomenon 195
Lori Tomlinson

10 Growing up Punk: Meaning and Commitment Careers on a Contemporary Youth Subculture 212
Linda Andes

11 “When It All Changed:” Cyberpunk and the Baby Boom’s Rejection of Religious Institutions 232
Samuel R. Smith

12 Social Justice and Sexism for Adolescents: a Content Analysis of Lyrical Themes and Gender Presentations in Canadian Heavy Metal Music, 1985-1991 263
Bruce K. Friesen and Warren Helfrich

13 Incubus: Male Songwriters’ Portrayal of Women’s Sexuality in Pop Metal Music 286
Lisa J. Sloat

14 Explorations in Youth Culture. Amateur Stripping: What We Know and What We Don’t 302
Thomas C. Calhoun, Julie Ann Harms Cannon and Rhonda Fisher

Index 327

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Jonathon S. Epstein is an internationally recognized expert on youth culture and rock music. He is a senior consultant for the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and a Lecturer at Kent State University. He is the author of Adolescents and Their Music: If It's Too Loud You're Too Old (1994).
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* Includes essays by the most prominent theorists in sociology and cultural studies.
* Examines youth through subcultural identification.
* Covers issues on teen sexuality, popular music, the internet, and school performance.
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