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Re-assessing streetkids : a critique of subculture theory

Tait, Gordon (1993) Re-assessing streetkids : a critique of subculture theory. Child and Youth Care Forum, 22(2), pp. 234-240.

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Abstract

Focusing on the notion of street kids, the paper suggests that youth be viewed in an alternative way to the subculture theory associated with the Center for Contemporary Cultural Studies in Birmingham (CCCS). It is argued that not only is subculture theory an unsuitable mechanism for understanding homeless youth but also, and more importantly, is itself fundamentally problematic. It is suggested that the work of Michel Foucault necessitates a reevaluation of the domain assumptions underlying subculture theory and offers in its place a model that relocates street kids, and youth itself, as artifacts of a network of governmental strategies.

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ID Code: 28868
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Youth, Streetkids, Foucault, Subculture theory, Governance
DOI: 10.1007/BF00756118
ISSN: 1053-1890
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
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 13:37
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 01:58

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