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The Politics of Social Discourses about Youth in New Zealand 1950-1965 and 1990-2005

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dc.rights.license Author Retains All Rights en_NZ
dc.contributor.advisor McKinnon, Malcolm
dc.contributor.advisor Moloney, Pat
dc.contributor.advisor Kirkman, Allison
dc.contributor.author Somers, Jean-Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-09T04:20:17Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T03:08:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-09T04:20:17Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T03:08:09Z
dc.date.copyright 2015
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29722
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores the politics of changing discourses around the youth question in New Zealand’s postwar (1950-1965) and near-contemporary history (1990-2005). Building on a modified Foucaultian framework, it examines for both periods anxieties over young people’s relationships with home, school and the wider society. It also contrasts the two periods to illustrate the ideological shift from the welfare state to neoliberalism, as it was played out through youth-related discourses. This thesis goes beyond the moral panic approach, especially regarding the postwar period. It will demonstrate that rethinking what is conventionally condensed and marginalised as ‘context’ is key to understanding the politics of youth discourses. Postwar debates about young people, because youth were conceived as being in social crisis, served to expose ideological differences that the welfare state had ostensibly overcome. That in turn destabilized the apparent moral consensus and opened up opportunities for resistance and subversion. By contrast, the liberal and emancipatory discourse of society in the 1990s and early 2000s served to insulate neoliberal politics from volatile public concerns. This in turn paradoxically provides a stronger and more efficient foundation for social control over youth. en_NZ
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dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only until 10/2017. For information please contact the Library. en_NZ
dc.subject Youth en_NZ
dc.subject Zealand en_NZ
dc.subject Politics en_NZ
dc.subject History en_NZ
dc.subject Social change en_NZ
dc.title The Politics of Social Discourses about Youth in New Zealand 1950-1965 and 1990-2005 en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
dc.date.updated 2015-09-07T05:09:21Z
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160608 New Zealand Government and Politics en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 160805 Social Change en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 210311 New Zealand History en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Political Science en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline History en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ

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