Susceptible Citizens in the Age of Wiihabilitation
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.
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