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.
|Publisher:||Peter Lang Publishing Inc.|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
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.