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Title:Youth, murder, spectacle: The cultural politics of "youth in crisis"
Author(s):Acland, Charles Reid
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Grossberg, Lawrence
Department / Program:Communications
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):American Studies
Political Science, General
Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Mass Communications
Abstract:This dissertation investigates the ways in which "youth," as a discursive construct, comes to sit at the nexus of debates concerning social crisis and upheaval. In particular, "youth in crisis" is an important site for the operations of hegemony. At an empirical level, there exists a disenfranchisement of youth in contemporary United States. The dissertation inquires into the specificities and tendencies of how this "crisis" is understood. A key concern is that realm of cultural politics which pertains to the stakes of "youth in crisis" as it enters and reverberates in common sense. To this end, the dissertation focuses on the case of a sensational crime, the "preppy murder," and on four different but interrelated sites of cultural activity: print coverage, the confession, daytime television talk shows, and youth films. The dissertation finds that these intersections of youth and crime correspond to an anxiety about the reproduction of the social order, having simultaneously ideological and affective dimensions.
Issue Date:1991
Rights Information:Copyright 1991 Acland, Charles Reid
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9124374
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9124374

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