Living for the weekend: Youth identities in northeast England

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Author(s)

  • Simon Winlow
  • Steve Hall

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Publication details

JournalEthnography
DatePublished - Mar 2009
Issue number1
Volume10
Number of pages23
Pages (from-to)91-113
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Consumption and consumerism are now accepted as key contexts for the construction of youth identities in de-industrialized Britain. This article uses empirical evidence from interviews with young people to suggest that claims of 'new community' are overstated, traditional forms of friendship are receding, and increasingly atomized and instrumental youth identities are now being culturally constituted and reproduced by the pressures and anxieties created by enforced adaptation to consumer capitalism. Analysis of the data opens up the possibility of a critical rather than a celebratory exploration of the wider theoretical implications of this process.

    Research areas

  • individualization, identity, instrumentalism, consumerism, friendship, youth, TELEPHONE CALL CENTERS, WORK, MANAGEMENT

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