Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural Politics Of “”Youth In Crisis”” (Cultural Studies)

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Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural Politics Of “”Youth In Crisis”” (Cultural Studies)

In this book, Charles 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 ).

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