Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
  • Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia
  • Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia

Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia

by Shirley R. Steinberg, Birgit Richard, Priya Parmar
     
 

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Youth as a unique group is a 20th century idea. The changes wrought worldwide by World War II, propelled adolescence to a status and identity that coincided with unparalleled economic growth. While developmental psychologists refined their theories of normal growth and maturation, society and the media were at work constructing youth as consumers,thereby liberating

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Youth as a unique group is a 20th century idea. The changes wrought worldwide by World War II, propelled adolescence to a status and identity that coincided with unparalleled economic growth. While developmental psychologists refined their theories of normal growth and maturation, society and the media were at work constructing youth as consumers,thereby liberating them from traditional family controls. An increasingly smaller world impinges mightily on the culture of youth. An international and inter-disciplinary roster of experts shed light by exploring such topics as hip hop culture; punk culture; social justice movements; video games; political activism; language and identity; post-feminism; television; rites of passage; heterosexuality and homosexuality; race and ethnicity; social class; poetry and literature; visual art; conceptions of beauty and body image; academics; sports; drugs; families; refugee youth; the Internet; youth journalism; fashion; and violence. This authoritative and reliable guide will prove accessible and fascinating to adults and adolescents.

Youth as a unique group is a 20th century idea. The changes wrought worldwide by WWII, propelled adolescence to a status and identity that coincided with unparalleled economic growth. While developmental psychologists refined their theories of normal growth and maturation, society and the media were at work constructing youth as consumers,thereby liberating them from traditional family controls. An increasingly smaller world impinges mightily on the culture of youth. An international and inter-disciplinary roster of experts shed light on today's youth culture by exploring such topics as hip hop culture; punk culture; social justice movements; video games; political activism; language and identity; post-feminism; television; rites of passage; heterosexuality and homosexuality; race and ethnicity; social class; poetry and literature; visual art; conceptions of beauty and body image; academics; sports; drugs; families; refugee youth; the Internet; youth journalism; fashion; and violence. Adults and adolescents will find this authoritative and reliable guide accessible and fascinating.

In addition to excellent essays, users will find a timeline of contemporaneous international develpments in youth culture. An introductory essay places youth in historical and contemporary contexts and underscores the notion that despite their power as consumers in a market-oriented world, youth are still seen—and see themselves—in contradictory ways. In short, this work brings new understanding to the complex and fluid phenomenon of youth culture.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Mary Arnold
Although not strictly in an alphabetic encyclopedia format, this collection of informative and thought-provoking articles, organized in subject sections, posits that it is more essential than ever for professionals working for positive youth development to stay current on recent scientific and sociological research. It offers insight into these questions: How is today's teen culture both an extension and reflection of a wider culture? Where are the areas that intersect what has come before with what is unique to today's young people and their experiences? What must twenty-first-century teens deal with as they mature-it is hoped-into successful and emotionally stable adults who can take their place in society? Pertinent poetry and song lyrics precede each section, with articles on everything from activism and media to immigration, sports, and alternative subcultures. Contributors represent international scholars and educators in a variety of academic disciplines; some articles are more academic, but all are accessible reads. Although this set is not a necessary purchase, for the price, it is worthwhile for larger libraries, universities, and youth service organizations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313327162
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/28/2005
Edition description:
2 Volume Set
Pages:
720
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 2.20(d)

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Meet the Author

SHIRLEY STEINBERG is Associate Professor Head and Program Head, Graduate Literacy, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and a member of the graduate education faculty, CUNY Graduate Center. She is known internationally for her writing on youth cuture and education.

PRIYA PARMAR is Assistant Professor, Literacy, Adolescence Program, Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She has written on hip hop and urban art and culture for Critical Thinking: An Encyclopedia (GPG 2003) and Urban Education: An Encyclopedia (GPG forthcoming).

BIRGIT RICHARD is University Professor for New Media, University of Frankfurt, Institute for Art Education, Germany. She lectures extensively in Europe and the United States.

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