Chapter 4 Youth Images

Visual Images, Representations and Imaginaries of Young People

In: Young People in Complex and Unequal Societies
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Óscar Aguilera
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Marcela Saa
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Abstract

This chapter addresses the relationship of youth with modern visual culture, recognizing the 20th century as a specific moment of convergence between two cultural and technological processes: the birth of youth as we know it today, and the proliferation of technical supports for images that allowed their reproduction, circulation and therefore massiveness. In this way, the chapter investigates the emergence of images of youth with the respective uses and functions that operate to date. To achieve this purpose, we present a bibliographical discussion on the conceptual relationship of images and youth in youth studies in Spain and Latin America, as well as a methodological proposal to work and think about images of youth that considers the specificity of the visual image. Finally, we present different images and categorizations of youth that have been installed as hegemonic from various visual dispositifs such as cinema, illustrated magazines, commercial and political propaganda, television, and currently the virtual world and social networks. All this allows us to restore the importance of interrogating youth from the visuality that surrounds it.

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Young People in Complex and Unequal Societies

Doing Youth Studies in Spain and Latin America

Series:  Youth in a Globalizing World, Volume: 18