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Chronic Youth: Disability, Sexuality, and U.S. Media Cultures of Rehabilitation

Julie Passanante Elman


The teenager has often appeared in culture as an anxious figure, the repository for American dreams and worst nightmares, at once on the brink of success and imminent failure. Spotlighting the “troubled teen” as a site of pop cultural, medical, and governmental intervention, this book traces the teenager as a figure through which broad threats to the normative order have been negotiated and contained. Examining television, popular novels, science journalism, new media, and public policy, the book shows how the teenager became a cultural touchstone for shifting notions of able-bodiedness, heter ... More

Keywords: teenager, able-bodiedness, heteronormativity, neoliberalism, disability, adolescence, youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479841424
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479841424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Passanante Elman, author