Cultural studies as an academic discipline is interested in how the practices, behavior, social interaction, and structures of communication provide insight into how power operates, how people become who they are, how resistance is organized, and how society changes. The discipline draws on sociology, politics, social psychology, social anthropology, and communication and literary studies to not only depict just outward forms of expression but also analyze the values and ideologies of interrelated social worlds. The field of out-of-school learning sits at an intersection between child- and youth-centered interests, the structures society provides to educate and to ensure equality of opportunity, and the interests and concerns of families. It takes place in specific contexts, to which some young people have better access than others, and validates ...

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