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The Resource Youth, murder, spectacle : the cultural politics of "youth in crisis", Charles R. Acland

Youth, murder, spectacle : the cultural politics of "youth in crisis", Charles R. Acland

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Youth, murder, spectacle : the cultural politics of "youth in crisis"
Title
Youth, murder, spectacle
Title remainder
the cultural politics of "youth in crisis"
Statement of responsibility
Charles R. Acland
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book, Charles R. Acland examines the culture that has produced both our heightened state of awareness and the bedrock reality of youth violence in the United States. Beginning with a critique of statistical evidence of youth violence. Acland compares and juxtaposes a variety of popular cultural representations of what has come to be a perceived crisis of American youth. After examining the dominant paradigms for scholarly research into youth deviance, Acland explores the ideas circulating in the popular media about a sensational crime known as the "preppy murder" and the confession to that crime. Arguing that the meaning of crime is never inherent in the event itself, he evaluates other sites of representation, including newspaper photographs (with a comparison to the Central Park "wilding"), daytime television talk shows (Oprah, Geraldo, and Donahue), and Hollywood youth films (in particular River's Edge). Through a cultural studies analysis of historical context, Acland blurs the center of our preconceptions and exposes the complex social forces at work upon this issue in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Acland asks of the empiricist social critic, "How do we know that we are measuring what we say we are measuring, and how do we know what the numbers are saying? Arguments must be made to interpret findings, which suggests that conclusions are provisional and to various degrees are sites of contestation." He launches into this gratifying book to show that beyond the problematic category of "actual" crime, the United States has seen the construction of a new "spectacle of wasted youth" that will have specific consequences for the daily lives of the next generation
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1963-
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Acland, Charles R.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cultural studies
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  • Youth in mass media
  • Violence in mass media
  • Popular culture
  • Youth in mass media
  • Violence in mass media
Label
Youth, murder, spectacle : the cultural politics of "youth in crisis", Charles R. Acland
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-162) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Crime, Crisis, and Hegemony
  • 3.
  • News and Sensations: On Images of Crime.
  • Crime Stories.
  • Images and the Obviousness of Crime
  • 4.
  • "Tall, Dark, and Lethal": The Discourses of Sexual Transgression in the Preppy Murder.
  • The "Rough Sex" Explanation.
  • The Influence of the Social.
  • Discourses of Transgression
  • 1.
  • 5.
  • The Subject in Crime: Confessions as a Site of "Self-Evidence"
  • Stories of Murder.
  • Murder Confessions and Misogyny.
  • Subjectivity and the "Self-Evidence" of Confession.
  • The Disciplinary Power of the Sexual Confession.
  • On the Spectacle of Confession
  • 6.
  • Crisis and Display: The Nature of Evidence on the Daytime Television Talk Show.
  • Aspects of the Daytime Talk Show's Evidential Procedures.
  • Youth in Crisis.
  • Television and Talk.
  • Mobile Evidence.
  • Evidence, Bodily Display, and Crisis in the Making.
  • The Domestic and Crisis-in-Process
  • 7.
  • The Body by the River: Youth Movies and the Adult Gaze.
  • Discourses of the Adult in Youth Films.
  • The Spectacle of the Living (Dead) Teenager
  • 8.
  • The Spectacle of Wasted Youth: A Felt Crisis in the United States.
  • From Crime to Common Sense.
  • Evading Ideology.
  • Growing Up Scared.
  • Wild in the Streets?
  • An Endless Host of Accidents.
  • Disgust and Desire
  • 2.
  • The Wreckage of Body, Mind, and Morals: On Youth, Deviance, and Visibility.
  • Deviance and Social Control.
Control code
30476421
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 176 pages
Isbn
9780813322872
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94016491
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1625804
Label
Youth, murder, spectacle : the cultural politics of "youth in crisis", Charles R. Acland
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-162) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Crime, Crisis, and Hegemony
  • 3.
  • News and Sensations: On Images of Crime.
  • Crime Stories.
  • Images and the Obviousness of Crime
  • 4.
  • "Tall, Dark, and Lethal": The Discourses of Sexual Transgression in the Preppy Murder.
  • The "Rough Sex" Explanation.
  • The Influence of the Social.
  • Discourses of Transgression
  • 1.
  • 5.
  • The Subject in Crime: Confessions as a Site of "Self-Evidence"
  • Stories of Murder.
  • Murder Confessions and Misogyny.
  • Subjectivity and the "Self-Evidence" of Confession.
  • The Disciplinary Power of the Sexual Confession.
  • On the Spectacle of Confession
  • 6.
  • Crisis and Display: The Nature of Evidence on the Daytime Television Talk Show.
  • Aspects of the Daytime Talk Show's Evidential Procedures.
  • Youth in Crisis.
  • Television and Talk.
  • Mobile Evidence.
  • Evidence, Bodily Display, and Crisis in the Making.
  • The Domestic and Crisis-in-Process
  • 7.
  • The Body by the River: Youth Movies and the Adult Gaze.
  • Discourses of the Adult in Youth Films.
  • The Spectacle of the Living (Dead) Teenager
  • 8.
  • The Spectacle of Wasted Youth: A Felt Crisis in the United States.
  • From Crime to Common Sense.
  • Evading Ideology.
  • Growing Up Scared.
  • Wild in the Streets?
  • An Endless Host of Accidents.
  • Disgust and Desire
  • 2.
  • The Wreckage of Body, Mind, and Morals: On Youth, Deviance, and Visibility.
  • Deviance and Social Control.
Control code
30476421
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 176 pages
Isbn
9780813322872
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94016491
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1625804

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