Are the kids alright? Relating to representations of youth

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Corcoran, Tim (2014) Are the kids alright? Relating to representations of youth. International Journal of Adolescence and Youth. ISSN 0267-3843 (print) 2164-4527 (online)


Initiatives aimed at promoting young people’s well-being potentially conflict with more traditional modes of adult/youth relationship privileging adult authority. For example, teaching practice has shifted from teacher to student-centred, a move that can be attributed at least in part to the acknowledged importance of empathetic teacher– student relationship to the well-being of students. This discussion considers an area of sociocultural practice with the potential to inform understandings of youth and their relationships with adults: How youth have been discursively represented in a sample of popular music spanning the five decades from the 1960s to the 2000s. The analysis, in the first instance, demonstrates how popular culture supports and maintains discernible social relationships, sustaining what is identified here as a normative control-contest binary. A direct challenge to commonplace notions of authority and well-being follows, offering opportunities to theorise a different kind of psychosocial action.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1080/02673843.2014.881296
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords relationships, students, teachers, well-being in education, discourse, popular music, youth in music, social constructionism, The Who, Pete Townshend, Department of Youth, Alice Cooper, Kim Wilde, Kids in America, Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance, Teenagers
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