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Studies in Childhood and Youth

Life Narratives and Youth Culture

Representation, Agency and Participation

Authors: Douglas, Kate, Poletti, Anna

  • Combines broader theoretical debates from childhood and youth studies with life narrative scholarship
  • Considers contemporary life writing and new media, and how this represents youth culture and marginalized identities
  • Explores the underrepresented contributions of young people to life writing
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This book considers the largely under-recognised contribution that young writers have made to life writing genres such as memoir, letter writing and diaries, as well as their innovative use of independent and social media. The authors argue that these contributions have been historically silenced, subsumed within other literary genres, culturally marginalised or co-opted for political ends. Furthermore, the book considers how life narrative is an important means for youth agency and cultural participation. By engaging in private and public modes of self-representation, young people have contested public discourses around the representation of youth, including media, health and welfare, and legal discourses, and found means for re-engaging and re-appropriating self-images and representations. Locating their research within broader theoretical debates from childhood and youth studies: youth creative practice and associated cultural implications; youth citizenship and autonomy; the rights of the child; generations and power relationships, Poletti and Douglas also position their inquiry within life narrative scholarship and wider discussions of self-representation from the margins, representations of conflict and trauma, and theories of ethical scholarship.

About the authors

Anna Poletti is Associate Professor in English at Utrecht University, Netherlands and a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. 

Kate Douglas is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts at Flinders University, Australia. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Douglas, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 3-32

  • Youth and Revolutionary Romanticism: Young Writers Within and Beyond the Literary Field

    Douglas, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 33-60

  • War Diaries: Representation, Narration and Mediation

    Douglas, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 63-88

  • Lost Boys: Child Soldier Memoirs and the Ethics of Reading

    Douglas, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 89-117

  • The Riot Grrrl Epistolarium

    Douglas, Kate (et al.)

    Pages 121-148

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55117-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55116-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life Narratives and Youth Culture
Book Subtitle
Representation, Agency and Participation
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Childhood and Youth
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55117-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55117-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55116-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 267
Number of Illustrations
4 illustrations in colour
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