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Youth Marginality in BritainContemporary Studies of Austerity$
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Shane Blackman and Ruth Rogers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447330523

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.001.0001

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Critically theorising young adult marginality: historical and contemporary perspectives

Critically theorising young adult marginality: historical and contemporary perspectives

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(p.3) One Critically theorising young adult marginality: historical and contemporary perspectives
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Youth Marginality in Britain
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Shane Blackman

Ruth Rogers

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447330523.003.0002

Blackman and Rogers critically examines the use of popular images within the media whereby government have adopted punitive sanctions towards young adults in Britain. They develop a theoretical analysis of advanced youth marginality through the work of Loic Wacquant and John Westergaard related to anomie. They address the bio-political similarities between the work of Thomas Malthus and Charles Murray on the poor youth defined as ‘redundant population.’ The chapter develops a theory of Advanced Youth Marginality and applies Agamben (2005) theory of the state of exception as a metaphor of youth austerity in the form of bio-political control by governmental and media organisations.

Keywords:   Youth Marginality, Benefit Sanctions, ‘Underclass,’, Social and Cultural Theory, Media Representations, State of Exception, Anomie, Biopolitics

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