Youth, personhood and 'practices of the self'

Tait, Gordon (1993) Youth, personhood and 'practices of the self'. Journal of Sociology, 29(1), pp. 40-54.

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In contrast to most previous research in the field, this paper argues that the concept of 'youth' is best understood as an example of the governmental formation of a specific type of person. It is constructed at the intersection of a variety of diverse problematisations, being produced by the processes of individuation/ normalisation and the regulation of relations of time. Within programs such as those pertinent to the management of sex, an array of technologies structure the practices by which individuals pattern their own conduct - thereby fashioning a kind of habitus. This forms part of a general strategy of enrolling the objects of these programs in their own self-reformation. Consequently, youth' can be understood asthe doing of specific types of work on the self'. By utilising this framework, the paper not only seeks to identify and better understand some of the sexual subjectivities associated with the construction of youth, it also seeks to offer some new directions for research in the area.

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ID Code: 28861
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Youth, Governance, Practices of the self, Foucault
DOI: 10.1177/144078339302900103
ISSN: 0004-8690
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Cultural Theory (200204)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1993 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 00:17
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:11

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