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Are the kids alright? Relating to representations of youth

journal contribution
posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Tim CorcoranTim Corcoran
Initiatives aimed at promoting young people's well-being potentially conflict with more traditional modes of adult/youth relationship privileging adult authority. For example, teaching practice has shifted from teacher to student-centred, a move that can be attributed at least in part to the acknowledged importance of empathetic teacher-student relationship to the well-being of students. This discussion considers an area of sociocultural practice with the potential to inform understandings of youth and their relationships with adults: How youth have been discursively represented in a sample of popular music spanning the five decades from the 1960s to the 2000s. The analysis, in the first instance, demonstrates how popular culture supports and maintains discernible social relationships, sustaining what is identified here as a normative control-contest binary. A direct challenge to commonplace notions of authority and well-being follows, offering opportunities to theorise a different kind of psychosocial action.

History

Journal

International journal of adolescence and youth

Volume

22

Pagination

151-164

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0267-3843

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Taylor & Francis

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor and Francis