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NCJ Number: 119751 Find in a Library
Title: Boys, Girls and the Discourse of Identity: Growing Up in Madrid (From Growing Up Good: Policing the Behavior of Girls in Europe, P 38-54, 1989, Maureen Cain, ed.)
Author(s): V Maquierira
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Spain
Annotation: Discussions with samples of the urban youth of Madrid were conducted in 1981, 1982, and 1983 to determine their attitudes toward self, the world, the family, sexuality, female/male roles, the education system, work, drugs, and politics.
Abstract: Recorded encounters and discussion groups were supplemented with in-depth interviews with individuals and by participant observation. Fifteen groups of 25 youth were involved. The analysis focused on segments of the discourse. One segment, the "we/they" dimension, indicates the emergence of a collective identity in adolescents, demarcating their sense of separation from and conflict with the adult world. An examination of their "critical vision of the adult world" examines what they reject of current social organization. An analysis of the strategies of the "teenage role" addresses the adaptations of youth in their hostile interactions with the adult world. Consideration of "affirmative discourse" focuses on the ideal images of life and society that give meaning to youth. Analysis of "the fragmentation of the we" notes gender conflict within the collective "we" of youth identity and demonstrates the difficulty youth experience in escaping from and overcoming institutional inertia. 2 notes.
Main Term(s): Youth development
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Spain
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