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Spectacular Youth? Young People's Fashion and Style

Hodkinson, P (2009) Spectacular Youth? Young People's Fashion and Style In: Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. Routledge International Handbooks (40). Routledge, Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0415445418

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The ways young people use clothing and other forms of bodily decoration as a means of expressing themselves has been an important focus for researchers of youth culture. There is a degree of agreement among scholars that style offers a means for adolescents to explore and express identity within a transitory period of the life course in which the dependencies of childhood gradually are relinquished without yet having fully been replaced by adult routines and responsibilities. Yet the details of how and why style is used and how this should be theorised and understood are the subject of considerable debate. This chapter outlines key elements of such debates, beginning with the influential work of a well known group of theorists from Birmingham, UK and developing a number of points of discussion which continue to dominate contemporary research of the subject.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 27 February 2009
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of a book chapter published as Hodkinson P (2009). Spectacular Youth? Young People's Fashion and Style. In Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood. Editors: Furlong A. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Available online at:
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