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NCJ Number: 158302 Find in a Library
Title: Teenage Kicks: Urban Narratives of Dissent Not Deviance
Journal: Crime, Law and Social Challenge  Volume:23  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:91-119
Author(s): C Stanley
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 29
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article uses contemporary social and cultural theory to analyze the ideological construction of activities nominated as social problems; the specific focus is on computer hacking, joyriding, and raving, activities prevalent in the youth culture.
Abstract: Certain youth activities have been subjected to criminal sanction and regulation, even though the activities may not be within the paradigms of criminology and deviance. Such activities may be viewed as examples of an affirmative cultural politics operative through inversion and appropriation technologies. These subcultural events assume the status of resistant practices, not in terms of ideology but rather in terms of dissensus. The discussion of dissensus illustrates the limitations of official methods for describing social problems and the importance of a particular series of social problems in terms of resistance. The events of computer hacking, joyriding, and raving demonstrate a transition in the nature of the boundary between fixed conceptions of right and wrong, good and bad, and order and disorder. These events may be consequences of excess within the existing system of social and economic relations. 37 notes
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Criminology; Cultural influences; Deviance; Economic influences; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Social conditions; Sociological analyses
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