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Cool Places Geographies of Youth Cultures (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0415149215
ISBN-13: 9780415149211
Sku: 30064682
Publish Date: 5/14/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  400
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Cool Places explores the contrasting experiences of contemporary youth. The chapters draw on techno music and ecstasy in Germany, clubbing in London, global backpacking and gangs in Santa Cruz as well as expereinces at home, on the streets and seeking employment. The contributors use these examples to explore representation and resistance and geographical concepts of scale and place in young people''s lives within social, cultural and feminist studies to focus upon the complexities of youth cultures and their spatial representations and interactions. Contributors: Shane Blackman, Sophie Bowlby, Myrna Margulies Breitbart, Deborah Chambers, Luke Deforges, Claire Dwyer, Keith Hetherington, Cindi Katz, Heinz-Herman Kruger, Marion Leonard, Sally Lloyd Evans, Tim Lucas, Sara McNamee, Ben Malbon, Doreen Massey, Robina Mohammad, David Oswell, David Parker, Birgit Richard, Susan Ruddick, Tracey Skelton, Fiona Smith, Kevin Stevenson, Gill Valentine and Paul Watt
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Music, drugs, clubbing and travel--this is the popular image of what it means to be young. However, young people's lives are also busy with the everyday realities of home, school and work. The engaging essays in Cool Places explore the dichotomy of youthful lives by addressing the issues of representation and resistance in youth culture today.

Using first-person vignettes to illustrate the wide-ranging experiences of youth, the authors consider how the media has imagined young people as a particular community with shared interests and how young people resist these stereotypes, instead creating their own independent representations of their lives. Drawing examples from gang life in Santa Cruz, CA, techno music and ecstacy in Germany, to experiences at home with sibling rivalry, loitering on streets and seeking employment, the contributors introduce the ideas of culture and space--identity politics, gender, race, class, disability, sexuality and power--through a context directly relevant to lived|experience.

Cool Places brings together the latest thinking within social, cultural and feminist studies to focus upon the complexities of youth cultures and their spatial representations and interactions.

Excerpt: People who don't know or who aren't aware of the culture, see someone in baggy jeans and a blue sweatshirt whatever, and the thought is "Oh he's a gang member." And a lot of times kids can't help it . . . Because even if you're not a gang member, for example if you live in the Villa San Carlos. It's a given you're going to wear loose jeans with a blue sweatshirt . . .It's the environment that the kids live in . . . cops assume they're gangbangers because of the way they dress."

Music, drugs, clubbing and travel--this is the popular image of what it means to be young. However, young people's lives are also busy with the everyday realities of home, school and work. The engaging essays in Cool Places explore the dichotomy of youthful lives by addressing the issues of representation and resistance in youth culture today.

Using first-person vignettes to illustrate the wide-ranging experiences of youth, the authors consider how the media has imagined young people as a particular community with shared interests and how young people resist these stereotypes, instead creating their own independent representations of their lives. Drawing examples from gang life in Santa Cruz, CA, techno music and ecstacy in Germany, to experiences at home with sibling rivalry, loitering on streets and seeking employment, the contributors introduce the ideas of culture and space--identity politics, gender, race, class, disability, sexuality and power--through a context directly relevant to lived|experience.

Cool Places brings together the latest thinking within social, cultural and feminist studies to focus upon the complexities of youth cultures and their spatial representations and interactions.

Excerpt: People who don't know or who aren't aware of the culture, see someone in baggy jeans and a blue sweatshirt whatever, and the thought is "Oh he's a gang member." And a lot of times kids can't help it . . . Because even if you're not a gang member, for example if you live in the Villa San Carlos. It's a given you're going to wear loose jeans with a blue sweatshirt . . .It's the environment that the kids live in . . . cops assume they're gangbangers because of the way they dress."

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