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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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Normalisation of youth austerity through entertainment: critically addressing media representations of youth marginality in Britain

Normalisation of youth austerity through entertainment: critically addressing media representations of youth marginality in Britain

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(p.81) Five Normalisation of youth austerity through entertainment: critically addressing media representations of youth marginality in Britain
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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/9781447330523.003.0006

Blackman and Rogers presents a textual analysis of the media representations of young people in newspapers and TV reality programmes. They argue that there has been a normalisation of youth austerity through entertainment. Using film theory they assert that the ‘returned gaze’ of youth positioned in austerity, both challenges and pushes young people to the edges of society, but remains a populist representation of social crisis, used by both government and media to exert control over young adults. They argue that selective visual imagery and a constructed language of fear shape the intersection of government policy and media coverage on young people.  They identify two zones of media representations: where young adults are projected as scroungers and marginalised through mockery and seen as a burden rather than an asset for society.

Keywords:   Youth Marginality, Media, TV reality programmes, Scroungers, Drugs, Crime

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