Download PDF by Mike Brake: Comparative Youth Culture: The Sociology of Youth Cultures

By Mike Brake

ISBN-10: 0203322053

ISBN-13: 9780203322055

ISBN-10: 0415051088

ISBN-13: 9780415051088

Mike Brake means that subcultures enhance in accordance with social difficulties which a gaggle studies jointly, and exhibits how members draw on collective identities to outline themselves.

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By the end of the eighteenth century the family ceased to be the central economic unit, being replaced by the factory process. Children had been apprenticed until then, a voluntary process for the wealthier groups, but wayward and destitute youth were compulsorily bound out to their masters. Industrialisation changed this, and during the early part of the nineteenth century children made up a large part of the labour force. Half of the New England factory workers were children and the under fifteen years old section increased right up until 1900.

7) suggests that You can distinguish three levels in the analysis of subcultures: one is the historical…which isolates the specific problematic of a particular class fraction, secondly the sub-systems, and the actual transformations they undergo from one subcultural ‘moment’ to another…thirdly…the way the subculture is actually lived out by those who are its bearers and supports. The solution offered by the subculture is necessarily ‘imaginary’, argues Cohen. It is an ideological attempt to solve ‘magically’ real relations which cannot be otherwise solved.

His aim was, firstly, to demonstrate the essential pluralism of high schools through showing the diversity of different status systems present in the school. Secondly, it was to investigate the extent to which informal status systems among students supported, or were antagonistic to, the goals of the school. However, Coleman’s findings placed him in a dilemma because at least four schools indicated that a student’s status was determined by his social class. This was resolved by emphasising, as Parsons did, the separatedness of adolescent youth culture which was composed of: separate subcultures [which] exist right under the very noses of adults—with languages all their own, with special symbols and, most importantly with value systems…that lead away from those goals established by the larger society.

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