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Critical Youth Studies Reader

Preface by Paul Willis

Awad Ibrahim and Shirley R. Steinberg

This book won the 2014 AESA (American Educational Studies Association) Critics Choice Award.

This reader begins a conversation about the many aspects of critical youth studies. Chapters in this volume consider essential issues such as class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, cultural capital, and schooling in creating a dialogue about and a conversation with youth. In a society that continues to devalue, demonize, and pathologize young women and men, leading names in the academy and youth communities argue that traditional studies of youth do not consider young people themselves. Engaging with today’s young adults in formal and informal pedagogical settings as an act of respect, social justice, and transgression creates a critical pedagogical path in which to establish a meaningful twenty-first century critical youth studies.
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43 Where Are the Mockingjays? The Commodification of Monstrous Children and Rebellion

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The information, entertainment, and cultural pedagogy disseminated by massive multimedia corporations have become central in shaping and influencing every waking moment of children’s lives—all toward a lifetime of constant, unthinking consumptions (Giroux, 2011b, p. 73).


[In consumer society,] culture and aesthetics blended with production and advertising to create a way of life focused on consumption of goods, services, mass images and spectacles. (Kellner, 1989, p. 146)


Marketing is now the instrument of social control and produces the arrogant breed, who are our masters. (Deleuze, 1995, p. 181)

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