(noun) The unique behaviors, norms, and values typified by adolescents (young adults) in a larger culture.
Example: Distinctive dress and music tastes.
Audio Pronunciation: (youth cul·ture)
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- Plural: youth cultures
- Youth culture expression differs depending on locality and socioeconomic factors.
- Also called youth subculture.
- “Western nations have postponed the entrance of their adolescents into adulthood for economic and educational reasons, segregating them in schools and colleges and effectively relieving them from competing with adults for wealth, power and status in society’s mainstream until they are 21 or older. This has created conditions favorable to the development of a unique culture among youth” (Hughes and Kroehler 2008:55).
Austin, Joe, and Michael Nevin Willard. 1997. Generations of Youth: Youth Cultures and History in Twentieth-Century America. New York: New York University Press.Bucholtz, Mary. 2000. “Language and Youth Culture.” American Speech 75(3):280–83.
Falk, Gerhard, and Ursula A. Falk. 2005. Youth Culture and the Generation Gap. New York: Algora.
- Orellana, Marjorie Faulstich. 2009. Translating Childhoods Immigrant Youth, Language, and Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Schwartz, Gary, and Don Merten. 1967. “The Language of Adolescence: An Anthropological Approach to the Youth Culture.” American Journal of Sociology 72(5):453–68.
- Steinberg, Shirley R., Priya Parmar, and Birgit Richard. 2006. Contemporary Youth Culture: An International Encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.