Youth Magazine Discourse and Sociocultural Shifts in «Salut les copains» (1962–1976)
Youth While existing accounts of SLC highlight the ‘rapport’ that the magazine fostered between music artists and young readers, the representation of youth in the magazine was in fact much more extensive, if not complex. The mixed, even contradictory, discourses concerning youth within the pages of SLC are particularly evident when they are viewed in relation to the official, academic and media discourses that were well established by the 1960s. These tended to view young people as forming a discrete, unitary, homogeneous category, regarded them either as ‘fun’ on the one hand or as ‘trouble’ on the other, to use Dick Hebdige’s terms (Hebdige 1988: 19, qtd in Osgerby 2004: 61), and identified adolescence as a period of potential psychological upheaval. Unitary or Plural Youth? For the most part, SLC identifies youth broadly, to use Bill Osgerby’s terms, as a ‘homogeneous social group distinct from wider “adult” society’ (1998: 27). In both Anglophone and Francophone commentaries, such a collec- tive conception of youth can been traced back to the bio-psychological studies of youth by Granville Stanley Hall (1904) (see Osgerby 1998: 27 and Ottavi 2006: 14). In the very first issue of SLC, the founding editor Daniel Filipacchi explicitly identifies a distinct youth class that benefits 96 Chapter Three from its own niche media.1 Furthermore, according to a January 1966 article by Jean-Marc Pascal, the popular-music stars that feature in SLC such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan and Sheila both epitomize and raise awareness of this distinct youth class not...
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