SOC 202 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Moral Panic, Hip Hop, Kendrick Lamar

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SOC 202
Lecture 4
We make practical decisions but when we’re young we are allowed make less practical
decisions
Youth Culture
- From a Functionalist perspective we can see youth and the youth experience as a phase
of hedonism before adulthood
- Ex. Blowing off responsibilities to indulge in self interest
- Experiencing Youth Culture is temporary & was historically considered devoid of critical
agency or any really ”worth” of analysis
- Ex. No real reason to study
- Parents tend to be condescending to put us in our place but when we get older we start
to stand up for ourselves
History of Youth Culture
- The study of Youth Culture as a sociological issue is shaped by 2 positions
- The Youth Problem: Shaped by a series of arguments through which we see youth
culture emerge
- Called The Youth Problem because society tells us it is a problem
- Our parents don’t want us to do something so we do it
- Wayward Youth: Youth without a “strong family and social foundation”
- “The child from a broken home”
- Allows these children to be rebellious because of this excuse
- This concept began as a collaboration between the police, the gov’t and the emerging
fields of psychology
Early Studies of Youth Culture
- Like other marginalized groups, youth are often characterized and “framed” as “in crisis”
- Youth are either victims or perpetrators
- This is a two step process:
1. Media Framing
2. Moral Panic
Framing
- Media and dominant agencies (law/police etc) work in conjunction and together highlight
specific groups (youth, immigrants etc.) and dispense and create Moral Panics
- That is, a group will be “framed” in media represented, spoken about, argued as being
___ or ___ and see this message transmitted out to the masses
- Gay men in the 80’s and 90’s were highlighted as a threat
1. Recognize the Other
2. Frame the Other: Ex. A photo in media is “truth, revealing, authentic”
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We make practical decisions but when we"re young we are allowed make less practical decisions. From a functionalist perspective we can see youth and the youth experience as a phase of hedonism before adulthood. Blowing off responsibilities to indulge in self interest. Experiencing youth culture is temporary & was historically considered devoid of critical agency or any really worth of analysis. Parents tend to be condescending to put us in our place but when we get older we start to stand up for ourselves. The study of youth culture as a sociological issue is shaped by 2 positions. The youth problem: shaped by a series of arguments through which we see youth culture emerge. Called the youth problem because society tells us it is a problem. Our parents don"t want us to do something so we do it. Wayward youth: youth without a strong family and social foundation . Allows these children to be rebellious because of this excuse.

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