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Struggles for Subjectivity : Identity, Action and Youth Experience - Kevin McDonald

Struggles for Subjectivity

Identity, Action and Youth Experience

Paperback Published: 3rd January 2000
ISBN: 9780521664462
Number Of Pages: 231

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This book explores the relationship between new experiences of selfhood and new patterns of social life. It does so through an encounter with young people who confront urgent social and cultural transformations, whose experience of selfhood is unclear, often shaped by social forces that while powerful, appear difficult, if not impossible to name. These young people live in a world where institutions are weakening and identities fragmenting, where socialisation into roles is being replaced by new imperatives of communication and self-esteem. Their world is shaped by new forms of freedom, but also by new forms of social polarisation and conflict. More than other social groups, young people confront the imperative of locating a sense of self and subjectivity, and this book is an account of this struggle in a context of profound social and cultural change. The author draws on the experience of a diverse group of young people -graffiti artists, sufferers of anorexia, the unemployed - all from a broad range of educational and cultural backgrounds. This book renews hands-on fieldwork in the Chicago School tradition; it is one where we meet real people confronting real social situations, while its research agenda is posited within the new French' sociology of experience'. Struggles for Subjectivity is not only about young people - it explores forms of crisis and struggle increasingly evident in advanced societies.

Industry Reviews

"The strength in this book lies in its sympathetic, descriptive treatment of the lives of these young people, all of whom have some difficulties in making the transition to adulthood." James Cote, CJS Online "Qualitative researchers will benefit from the thoughtful discussion of ethics found in the first chapter, as well as the self-reflective process engaged on ethical issues throughout this book." Social Forces

Introduction: subjectivity and social experience
The End Of A Working-Class Experience
You come from the bad side: exploring social experience
Something's gotta start: class consciousness
We're the scum: stigmatisation, racism and crisis
Morals is all you've got: in search of community
I want to get out of this: the struggle against social logics
Navigating The Flow
None of the above: contemporary experiences of the gang
You'll be forgotten: visibility and mobility of graffiti writers
Between the body and the self: the anorexic terrain
We stand up for what we are: ethnicity and Aboriginally
Conclusion: struggles for subjectivity
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ISBN: 9780521664462
ISBN-10: 0521664462
Series: Cambridge Cultural Social Studies (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 3rd January 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37