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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: September 18th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I wholeheartedly agree. Part of the reason I picked the term "youth culture," aside from the fact that I'm reading some classics is Cultural Studies again, is that was thinking about what happens when youth are imagined to have a culture. My sense is that, while we now look back on the era of your own youth and discern a vibrant culture apart from the adult world, the adults of that era discerned only the absence of culture, that is, youth without culture.

Of course, there are other complications to consider, both in relation to my point and yours. The Youth Movement that led to the formation of various scouting associations at the turn of the last century was directed, in part, by adults who wished to realize an ideal conception of youthful activity. But they didn't think of youth as a period with its own culture in the Cultural Studies sense. I wonder whether the fact that American parents of your generation -- and, in some cases, mine, since my father was born in 1931 -- might have been the exception to the rule, where modern industrialized society is concerned, due to the double whammy of the Depression and World War II.
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