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NCJ Number: 162552 Find in a Library
Title: Youth-Generated Cultures in Western Sydney (From Youth Subcultures: Theory, History and the Australian Experience, P 107-113, 1993, Rob White, ed. -- See NCJ-162536)
Author(s): L Forrester
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 7
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: The author examines cultural practices generated by young people between 14 and 20 years of age and notes that young people involved in constructing their own youth-generated cultures do not find adult-centered cultural activities rewarding.
Abstract: Adult-centered cultural activities often appear convoluted to young people. Although self-expression and personal creativity are acclaimed in adult-centered cultural activities, they exist only within the confines of adult concepts of cultural practices. Therefore, the message ultimately delivered to young people is "Do as I say, not as I do." After studying youth-generated practices of graffiti, skateboarding, street machining, and street dancing in Western Sydney, the author concludes that these practices challenge traditional notions of culture and employ many formal aesthetic constructs and criticisms of the visual artist, the playwright, or the dancer. Youth-generated cultural practices are seen as a significant stage of cultural and social change that makes them notable among youth cultures. The study of youth-generated cultural practices in Western Sydney provides vital knowledge on ways in which young people develop cultural identities, forms, and expressions; how they experience class distinctions; how class distinctions inform cultural practices; and how they adapt to cultural disadvantages. 2 references and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Foreign juvenile delinquency
Index Term(s): Australia; Crime in foreign countries; Cultural influences; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile delinquency theory; Social change; Social classes; Social conditions; Sociological analyses; Subculture theory
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