Majoring in Change

Young People Use Social networking to reflect on High School, College and Work

by Allison Butler (Author)
©2012 Textbook XI, 166 Pages
Series: Minding the Media, Volume 8


This volume presents a long-term qualitative study that follows 20 New York City public high school students as they make the transition into college and work. The primary data are the young people’s reflections on high school, how they felt unprepared for college or career, and the subsequent work they have done in order to succeed. The text critiques the current state of secondary and university education, especially the neoliberal emphasis on private industry and competition. However, it claims that a critical media literacy intervention can provide young people with the skills to challenge their environments and realize they are part of, not apart from, larger social issues. One unique feature of the text is its datagathering method: Stories are culled from in-person interviews and, most importantly, electronic interviews conducted on Facebook. The research was conducted, and this book written, to illustrate the very real struggles and socioeconomic challenges of young people and works to create proactive, productive change on their behalf.


XI, 166
ISBN (Hardcover)
ISBN (Softcover)
youth studies career competition media literacy critical media literacy college education social networking identity development urban education
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2012. XII, 166 pp.

Biographical notes

Allison Butler (Author)

Allison Butler is Lecturer in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a media educator and media education researcher.


Title: Majoring in Change