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NCJ Number: 162546 Find in a Library
Title: Youth Subcultures, Deviancy and the Media (From Youth Subcultures: Theory, History and the Australian Experience, P 67-72, 1993, Rob White, ed. -- See NCJ-162536)
Author(s): P Walton
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Hobart Tasmania 7001, Australia
Sale Source: National Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Youth Sales Australia
GPO Box 252C
Hobart Tasmania 7001,
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Powerful and often negative effects are often exerted by the media, and these effects need to be considered in studies of youth subcultures and deviance in Australia.
Abstract: Social constructions of young people are linked to media representations of society, and the media culture significantly affects youth identities. The problem of contradictory beliefs and attitudes lies at the heart of difficulties in analyzing youth subcultures, with the media playing an important and expressive role in this area. For example, youth may be caught between the ideology of spectacular consumption promoted by the media and the traditional ideology of capitalism and the meritocratic work ethic. Moreover, Australian studies indicate that crime and deviance account for as much as 20 percent of total news content in the media. Youth and their representation in the media are not subject to simple analysis because young people are as complex as culture and society. Because the media culture continually stereotypes, reinforces, exaggerates, and often offers ideal but fantastic role models, its powerful effects need to be fully articulated in youth studies. 15 references and 1 photograph
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Deviance; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Media coverage; Sociological analyses; Subculture theory
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