By Julie Passanante Elman
the repository for American goals and worst nightmares, right now at the brink
of luck and coming near near failure. Spotlighting the “troubled teenager” as a domain of
pop cultural, scientific, and governmental intervention, Chronic Youth
traces the teen as a determine in which vast threats to the normative
order were negotiated and contained.
media, and public coverage, Julie Passanante Elman exhibits how the teen became
a cultural touchstone for moving notions of able-bodiedness,
heteronormativity, and neoliberalism within the overdue 20th century. by way of the late
1970s, media industries in addition to policymakers started constructing new problem-driven
‘edutainment’ prominently that includes narratives of disability—from the
immunocompromised The Boy within the Plastic Bubble to ABC’s After School
Specials and teenage sick-lit. even supposing this conjoining of disability
and early life all started as a storytelling conference, incapacity turned a lot more
than a metaphor because the means of medicalizing formative years intensified by way of the
1990s, with parenting books containing neuro-scientific warnings approximately the
incomplete and risky “teen brain.” project a cultural heritage of youth
that combines incapacity, queer, feminist, and comparative media reports, Elman
offers a provocative new account of the way American cultural producers,
policymakers, and doctors have mobilized discourses of disability
to forged youth as a treatable “condition.” through tracing the teen’s uneven
passage from postwar insurgent to twenty first century sufferer, Chronic Youth shows
how youngsters grew to become a lynchpin for a tradition of perpetual rehabilitation and
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