By Mike O'Donnell
Age and new release introduces scholars to the most sociological and anthropological matters surrounding this subject, from adolescence to outdated age, and focuses, particularly, on formative years tradition.
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Again, this is a product of industrialized society. Teenage affluence is most obvious in advanced capitalist countries, but it is also becoming apparent among sections of Soviet youth. Mark Abrams’s pamphlet ‘The Teenage Consumer’ (1959) was one of the first major analyses of this issue. Abrams demonstrated that teenage prosperity was a postwar development. He defined teenage as ‘a collective word describing young people from the time they leave school till they either marry or reach twenty-five’.
Awareness of these developments has profoundly influenced analysis of youth. In concentrating so much on what he saw as a global youth market (in which he, admittedly, perceived the young, working-class male as the leading consumer), Abrams missed the emergence of specific youth subcultures which fully reflected class, race, and gender factors. I will present work that does reflect these factors, including that of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies (CCCS), in Chapters 3 and 4 which can, therefore, be read as an extended critique of the ‘youth culture’ perspective.
Subcultural negotiation can involve adjustment as well as resistance to dominant structures. But very often subcultural activities seem to be less categorizable than either term accommodates. Stanley Cohen’s comment that it is more complicated, contradictory, and ambiguous than Hall and Jefferson suggest is worth considering. For instance, to interpret skinhead activities as ‘resistance’ rather than, say, the product of angry frustration is, finally, highly subjective. Their victims could be fairly random but included a large proportion of Asians.