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Peer Cultures

While the term peer connotes a youth of equal standing with another according to rank, class, or age, constructions of youth and adolescence remain contested terrain. Similarly, the meaning of culture varies according to field of study and context. In discussing children and youth, the term peer culture has been defined as processes through which norms, attitudes, and values are expressed through shared activities. However, within the field of youth studies, the topic of peer cultures has expanded since its earlier focus on youth development and on nonmediated social networks. Current and emerging theoretical and empirical work includes conceptions of peer cultures with a particular focus on networks, civic participation, and activism. Technologies and media influence the ways in which young people learn and form ...

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