Negative politics: the conformity, struggles and radical possibilities of youth culture in outer East London

James, Malcolm (2016) Negative politics: the conformity, struggles and radical possibilities of youth culture in outer East London. European Journal of Cultural Studies. ISSN 1367-5494

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Abstract

Drawing on an ethnography study, this paper addresses young people’s contemporary politics in outer East London. Through an exploration of online music videos and one girl’s story it engages with, and questions, prevailing academic discourses on the decline of youth politics. Foregrounding a conjunctural methodology, it discusses how young people’s political performances do indeed conform to the neoliberal matrix. However, beyond this, it also explores their struggles against neoliberal marginalisation and the possibility of radical politics beyond these constraints. The overall argument of this paper is to understand how young people’s politics are simultaneously conformist, agonist, and possibly radical in contemporary outer East London.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT0101 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
Depositing User: Malcolm James
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2016 08:23
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 05:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59769

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