By Julie Passanante Elman

ISBN-10: 1479818224

ISBN-13: 9781479818228

ISBN-10: 1479841420

ISBN-13: 9781479841424

The teen has frequently seemed in tradition as an frightened figure,
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. 

 

Examining tv, renowned novels, technology journalism, new
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
neoliberal governmentality.

 

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