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RE/Constructing
     

RE/Constructing "the Adolescent": Sign, Symbol, and Body

by Jennifer Andrea Vadeboncoeur, Lisa Patel Stevens
 
Young people today are frequently demonized by media images as well as by classroom reports. Dominant discourses, as ways of seeing and talking about youths, are constructed and managed by adults and offer young people a limited set of roles to play and options for engaging with society. Contributors to Re/Constructing the «Adolescent» problematize

Overview

Young people today are frequently demonized by media images as well as by classroom reports. Dominant discourses, as ways of seeing and talking about youths, are constructed and managed by adults and offer young people a limited set of roles to play and options for engaging with society. Contributors to Re/Constructing the «Adolescent» problematize the «social construction of the adolescent» through a critique of the discourses that position youths and an examination of how youths enact, contest, and sometimes transform those same discourses. These studies, combining empirical research and semiotic analyses, offer a fresh perspective on young people in western societies today, at the level of everyday discourse, embodied through gesture and symbolic action, with material effects.

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«This book distinguishes itself from other related titles in several ways, not least of which is its commitment to doing research ‘with’, not ‘on’, youth. By drawing attention to the experiences of young people as told through their voices, the chapter authors disrupt dominant conceptions of adolescence and open up spaces for rethinking youth, youth literacies, and youth cultures. This is a lively read - one firmly grounded in theory, research, and practice - but alive nonetheless with memorable stories about communicating across differences. Its message will linger long after the last page is turned.» (Professor Donna Alvermann, Department of Reading Education, University of Georgia, USA)
«From G. Stanley Hall to Paul Willis, we have been on an alluring search for the ‘adolescent’. Maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong places. These studies begin by taking ‘adolescence’ as contemporary signifier, as social field, as historical construct, as situated body - rather than as stage, psychology or essence. ‘Re/Constructing the Adolescent’ is an important statement on the implausibility of a universal ‘adolesecence’.» (Professor Allan Luke, Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice National Institute of Education, Singapore)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820468037
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

The Editors: Jennifer A. Vadeboncoeur received her doctorate from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is currently Lecturer in Sociocultural Psychology at The University of Queensland in Australia. Her interests are primarily in applying sociocultural and critical lenses to the study of identity and, more specifically, the social construction of «at risk» identities for young people. Ethnography and critical discourse analysis frame her investigations into the everyday process of identity work.
Lisa Patel Stevens received her doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and she is currently Assistant Professor with the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research interests include young people, multiliteracies, critical literacy, and policy studies. Her most recent work troubles the race, class, and gender classifications traditionally used to define diversity.

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