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Chronic YouthDisability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation$
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Julie Passanante Elman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479841424

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479841424.001.0001

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Susceptible Citizens in the Age of Wiihabilitation

(p.167) Conclusion
Chronic Youth

Julie Passanante Elman

NYU Press

This concluding chapter argues that undermining adolescence in cultural production has its greatest cultural impact not only on how Americans think about youth but also on how they have grown to accept the logic of rehabilitative citizenship as normal. Post-1970s youth culture naturalized endless self-management and transformation by mapping it onto “normal” teen bodies that everybody regards as already changing. This cultural transition from post-World War II externalizing sociologies of juvenile delinquency toward post-1968 internalizing psychological understandings of teen angst took root within a broader cultural turn from collective bargaining toward a neoliberal model of personal responsibility. In this sense, teens became convenient figures for (mis)managing the neoliberal capitalism.

Keywords:   adolescence, cultural production, cultural impact, cultural transition, neoliberal capitalism

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