Consuming Youth

Author: Robert Latham
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226467023
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From the novels of Anne Rice to The Lost Boys, from The Terminator to cyberpunk science fiction, vampires and cyborgs have become strikingly visible figures within American popular culture, especially youth culture. In Consuming Youth, Rob Latham explains why, showing how fiction, film, and other media deploy these ambiguous monsters to embody and work through the implications of a capitalist system in which youth both consume and are consumed. Inspired by Marx's use of the cyborg vampire as a metaphor for the objectification of physical labor in the factory, Latham shows how contemporary images of vampires and cyborgs illuminate the contradictory processes of empowerment and exploitation that characterize the youth-consumer system. While the vampire is a voracious consumer driven by a hunger for perpetual youth, the cyborg has incorporated the machineries of consumption into its own flesh. Powerful fusions of technology and desire, these paired images symbolize the forms of labor and leisure that American society has staked out for contemporary youth. A startling look at youth in our time, Consuming Youth will interest anyone concerned with film, television, and popular culture.

Consuming Youth

Author: John Berard
Publisher: Youth Specialties
ISBN: 9780310669357
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Today's relentless, consumer culture---dominated by popular media's emphasis on bigger, better, and more, and catering to teenagers every want and desire---is leaving our youth adrift in a sea of conflicting messages. Messages that every youth worker must be able to decode and redirect away from the material world towards helping young people become who God created them to be: givers instead of receivers, servers instead of consumers. Consuming Youth is for any adult who recognizes that following Jesus means leading young people through the pitfalls of consumer culture, helping them discover vocation---where their great gladness meets a world's great need, and unleashing the kingdom of God on earth.

Producing Dreams Consuming Youth

Author: Vicki Mayer
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780813533261
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Latinos are the fastest-growing ethnic group in America and the ascendance of their popular culture has become a huge phenomenon. This work takes the reader behind the scenes in San Antonio, Texas, a major market for Mexican American popular culture.

Consuming Politics

Author: Dan Cassino
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 0838641458
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With an ongoing war overseas and the controversies of the Bush years, we might expect the young people of the 2000s to take to the streets as they did in the 1960s to vent their frustrations at the failures of the political system. The angry youth, though, just don't seem to be there any more. And while they can be mobilized as they were in the elections of 2006 and 2008 - their political world is very different from those of young people in past decades. In this book, the authors use a combination of methods to understand how young people in the early twenty-first century see the political world, and why they are choosing not to be engaged in it. Using all the techniques of modern social science, the authors show that forty years of political consultants and media branding of candidates, issues, and parties have taken their toll, and young people today see politics as being no different than the other products and services that are marketed to them on an hourly basis. Choosing to ignore or engage in politics, then, is no more consequential than deciding whether or not to visit a certain shop, or wear a certain brand of clothing. Rather than treating young people as a monolithic group, the authors look at three groups of youth in turn: Republicans, Democrats, and independents. While all of them see politics largely in terms of consumption, they also differ in terms of what aspects of the political world excite them, and what changes would be necessary to bring them into politics. Special attention is paid to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the one political media outlet that all of the groups can agree on. For some, it's the only political brand worth being associated with, and young people are increasingly turning to it as a primary source of news. Using an experimental design, the authors show how and why The Daily Show is better at educating young people about politics than traditional media sources, and argue that it serves as a model for getting young people interested and involved. The authors also make use of a national survey-based experiment to try and determine the long-term impact of the Bush administration on the political landscape. These same results provide insight into the forces underlying Barack Obama's victory in the 2008 presidential election.

Consuming Work

Author: Yasemin Besen-Cassino
Publisher: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781439909485
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Youth labor is an important element in our modern economy, but as students’ consumption habits have changed, so too have their reasons for working. In Consuming Work, Yasemin Besen-Cassino reveals that many American high school and college students work for social reasons, not monetary gain. Most are affluent, suburban, white youth employed in part-time jobs at places like the Coffee Bean so they can be associated with a cool brand, hangout with their friends, and get discounts. Consuming Work offers a fascinating picture of youth at work and how jobs are marketed to these students. Besen-Cassino also shows how the roots of gender and class inequality in the labor force have their beginnings in this critical labor sector. Exploring the social meaning of youth at work, and providing critical insights into labor and the youth workforce, Consuming Work contributes a deeper understanding of the changing nature of American labor.

When We Were on Fire

Author: Addie Zierman
Publisher: Convergent Books
ISBN: 1601425465
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In the strange, us-versus-them Christian subculture of the 1990s, a person’s faith was measured by how many WWJD bracelets she wore and whether he had kissed dating goodbye. Evangelical poster child Addie Zierman wore three bracelets asking what Jesus would do. She also led two Bible studies and listened exclusively to Christian music. She was on fire for God and unaware that the flame was dwindling—until it burned out. Addie chronicles her journey through church culture and first love, and her entrance—unprepared and angry—into marriage. When she drops out of church and very nearly her marriage as well, it is on a sea of tequila and depression. She isn’t sure if she’ll ever go back. When We Were on Fire is a funny, heartbreaking story of untangling oneself from what is expected to arrive at faith that is not bound by tradition or current church fashion. Addie looks for what lasts when nothing else seems worth keeping. It’s a story for doubters, cynics, and anyone who has felt alone in church.

Blood Read

Author: Joan Gordon
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812216288
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Scholars and writers from the United States, Canada, England, and Japan examine how today's vampire has evolved from that of the last century, consider the vampire as a metaphor for consumption within the context of social concerns, and discuss the vampire figure in terms of contemporary literary theory.

Consuming Agency in Fairy Tales Childlore and Folkliterature

Author: Susan Honeyman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136603948
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In this book Honeyman looks at manifestations of youth agency (and representations of agency produced for youth) as depicted in fairy tales, childlore and folk literature, investigating the dynamic of ideological manipulation and independent resistance as it can be read or expressed in bodies, first through social puppetry and then through coercive temptation (our consumption replacing the more obvious strings that bind us). Reading tales like Popeye, Hansel & Gretel, and Pinocchio, Honeyman concentrates on the agency of young subjects through material relations, especially where food signifies the invisible strings used to control them in popular discourse and practice, modeling efforts to come out from under the hegemonic handler and take control, at least of their own body spaces, and ultimately finding that most examples indicate less power than the ideal holds.

Youth Lifestyles In A Changing World

Author: Miles , Stephen
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN: 0335200982
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This book suggests that the study of 'youth' lifestyles is potentially more enlightening than traditional 'structural' or 'cultural' approaches. In a society in which young people's transitions into adulthood are increasingly uncertain, processes of individualization are central to young people's experience of social change. This clear introduction to a complex field considers key aspects of young people's lifestyles, such as their relationship to rave, the media, and consumption in general, as a means of constructing identities in a rapidly changing world.