These readings describe distinct youth cultures, in varied ways intermeshed with the entertainment industries. In mapping the YDEI matrix, a key question is that of youth agency: how do youth express innate longings for freedom, autonomy, equality, respect, creativity, play, and community? Can such fundamental human desires be considered elements of democracy as everyday practices?
Reading questions – WRITTEN RESPONSES REQUIRED — 1-2 pages. Post to rolling Google doc with date, assignment title; send link. Single-spaced & typed in Times New Roman or Arial (size 12 font), 1-inch margins. Insert horizontal line between assignments. Please proofread.
Summarize each reading:
- Start with a strong opening sentence or two.
- State several key points/takeaways.
- This could include something you find particularly interesting and/or important.
- You might also add any thoughts or comments on the material.
What do these readings say about youth agency? Some prompts:
- For each youth cohort, what power structures are they negotiating?
- What’s the role of peer culture, of sociability?
- How are impulses for creative expression, voice, and peer connection displayed?
- How do these expressive practices generate youth agency (power)?
- In what ways, if any, do these practices express “resistance” to authority?
- How do these different cohort experiences compare?
- What’s the role of the entertainment industries?
- Tricia Rose. “A Style Nobody Can Deal With: Politics, Style & the Postindustrial City” in Hip Hop. Microphone Friends: Youth Music & Youth Culture, (1994) , pp. 71-88.
- T Kira Madden. Chapters “Cry Baby” and “Can I Pet Your Back” in Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls (2019), PDF pages 1-13.
- Danah Boyd. “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.” MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (2007), pp. 18-23. (at subheading “But why there?”)