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NCJ Number: 162536 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Subcultures: Theory, History and the Australian Experience
Editor(s): R White
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 169
Sponsoring Agency: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Hobart Tasmania 7001, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 1-875236-21-X
Sale Source: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Youth Sales Australia
GPO Box 252C
Hobart Tasmania 7001,
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Youth studies in Australia have expanded over the past decade in response to changing economic, social, and cultural circumstances of young people; these studies cover such diverse issues as homelessness, unemployment, youth crime, violence in schools, and youth subcultures.
Abstract: The overview of youth studies and youth subcultures is intended to describe the experiences and everyday life of different groups of young people in subcultural terms. Target groups vary significantly and include students, unemployed youth, young men and women, homeless youth, and graffiti artists. Studies of youth subcultures are also informed by diverse values and objectives, with an emphasis on institutional processes, structural cleavages, social divisions and outcomes, and lifestyle options. Issues and questions raised by the overview of youth studies and youth subcultures encompass the concept of youth subculture, commonalities that link different groups of young people, stigmatizing language of the media, and political influences affecting youth lifestyles. Specific book chapters examine subculture theory, the phenomenon of street kids, feminist perspectives on youth subcultures, youth culture and delinquency, ethnographic characteristics of young people, the link between social class and youth subcultures, aboriginal young people, the significance of adolescent peer groups, and youth culture and academic performance. References, tables, photographs, and figures
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Aborigines; Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; Homeless children; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Political influences; Social classes; Social conditions; Sociological analyses; Subculture theory
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