With reference to one or more youth cultures, and to one or more sociological perspectives or theories on youth, answer the following question: what factor(s) best explain the participation of young people in youth cultures?
This question is sufficiently general enough to enable you to pose your own specific questions – e.g. ‘I will be particularly interested in examining how youth activities are shaped by market forces.’
Place emphasis on the factors that explain participation in youth cultures in general, not just those relevant to the example(s) you have chosen.
Examples of factors you might consider are: class, gender, ethnicity, globalization, consumerism, media, popular culture, socialisation, psycho-social life stages, generational changes, social movements and social environment (e.g., urban and rural living).
Examples of Australian youth cultures include: Indigenous Youth, ethnic groups, Hip Hop, Goth, Punk, Emo, Heavy Metal, dance scenes, gay and lesbian youth, homeless youth, surfers, skaters.
Examples of theoretical perspectives include: human ecology, neo-Marxism, postmodernism. Note that theories are a means of providing a framework for understanding factors – e.g., postmodernism can be applied to understanding consumerism, popular culture and globalization, as can neoMarxism.
Do not undertake any data collection (like making notes on social interaction or interviewing people) on actual interactions observed, as we do not have ethics clearance to conduct field research as part of this unit. Only talk in general terms about youth cultures based on your readings and personal experience.
Make sure you have a clear introduction, body, conclusion and reference section.
In the introduction be sure to state what youth culture(s) you will be examining, what factors you will be emphasizing, and any theoretical perspectives that you will be applying.