PART ONE: THE IDEA OF CHILDREN

Administrative concerns;

grades and assignments;

readings;

tutorial participation;

course protocol, cell phones and web surfing

Preview of course content, themes and problematics      

Knowledge as Mediated: "a matter of opinion"

Overview of themes and levels of analyses (macro/mecro/micro) --- key concepts.

Justice, Rights and Inequalities as Generic Processes and Structures

 

An exploration of the intersections of culture and control that shape perceptions of youth controversies past and present.

By analysing the culture-control nexus, we are able to re evaluate what constitutes “youth”   and thus redefine exclusive, normative strategies which govern and manipulate subjective experience.

 

Critical cultural approaches assist us in interrogating dominant ideological structures in an effort to resist canonical narratives and open up possibilities for change.

 

Within the phenomenology of youth the concept of "distance" provides a compelling coherence.

 

In this context, culture embodies relations between differentially located subjects that constitute and are constituted by the dynamics of power.

A critical cultural calculus incorporates the manufacture of morality, images of danger, the politics of policing trouble,  political economy of peace, functions of fiction, and the limitations of law.

 

In response to the question, "What do they know?",  a concern  raised constantly by both youths and authorities, the following is also asked: What do they want to know? These answers are located in respective subtexts of violence against  and by youth that have characterized and continue to characterize the nature of "our" contemporary society.

 

Adults are obsolete children

        Dr Seuss (in Green: 1982:88)