Youth, Sex, and Government

Youth, Sex, and Government

by Gordon Tait

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Youth, Sex, and Government by Gordon Tait

For nearly twenty-five years, the field of youth studies has employed the same conceptual tools to explain the conduct of young people, tools that inexorably lead to the same recurrent conclusions – youth equals resistance, youth equals alienation, youth equals problem. Youth, Sex, and Government offers a way out of this theoretical Groundhog Day. Starting with the familiar notion of youth subcultures, but also addressing topics such as young women's magazines, «at-risk» youth, anorexia nervosa, and HIV/AIDS programs, this book examines the way in which youth is produced as both a governmental object and a set of practices of the self. Employing the ideas of Foucault, Rose, and Mauss, this new approach attempts to reinvigorate what is an important – yet slumbering – area of research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820440491
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Series: Eruptions Series , #3
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Author: Gordon Tait is Lecturer in the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education at Queensland University of Technology. He has published widely in the fields of youth, education, and gender.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Approach to Youth Research1
Chapter 1Beyond Subcultures13
Subculture Theory: The Dominant Paradigm15
Criticizing the CCCS Youth Orthodoxy22
A Marxist Understanding of Power and Ideology26
Foucault, Truth, and Power30
Reassessing Hegemony35
Detotalizing Social History: Some Further Implications39
Adjusting the Focus on Subcultures45
From "Youth Homelessness" to "Streetkids"49
Chapter 2Youth, Sex, and Government55
Sexuality and the Emergence of Childhood73
Youth, Sex, and Governmentality86
Youth, Sex, and the Limits of Government95
Chapter 3Governing the "At-Risk" Youth101
The Rhetoric of Risk and the Problem of Youth105
Risk and Government113
The Dissolution of the Subject116
Increasing the Scope of Government118
From Practitioner to Administrator120
An Alternative Interpretation of the Finn Report122
Chapter 4Sexing the Self133
The Person, the Individual, and the Self135
Youth and Self-government140
Manuals in Self-management146
Magazines, Sex, and Identity Management149
Modes of Persuasion152
Practices of the Self160
Youth, Sex, and Maturity166
Chapter 5Governing the Body, Governing the Self171
Fasting and the Self172
Cultivating a Self: The Dietetics of Antiquity174
Historicizing Fasting179
Women, Piety, and Fasting180
Setting Limits to Anorexia Nervosa184
Government and the Invention of Anorexia Nervosa186
Government, Health, and Diet188
Medicine, Nosology, Hysteria191
Shaping Anorexia Nervosa as a Disease Entity194
Conclusion: Youth, Government, and Culture201

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