youth culture

(noun) The unique behaviors, norms, and values typified by adolescents (young adults) in a larger culture.

Example: Distinctive dress and music tastes.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: youth cultures
  • Youth culture expression differs depending on locality and socioeconomic factors.
  • Also called youth subculture.

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  • “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).

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Hughes, Michael, and Carolyn J. Kroehler. 2008. Sociology: The Core. 8th ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.