Young people and their activities always have been a part of history – yet such narratives have remained mostly untold and often lost in the sands of time. This unprecedented and international collection sheds light on youth’s hidden histories from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century: whether from the American Civil War, Maoist China, postcolonial Greenland, or contemporary Iran. These tales of leisure, identity, and belonging take readers into the heart of youth history and uncover heretofore unrecognized cultural contributions that young people have made across time and throughout the world. ; This unprecedented and international collection sheds light on youth’s hidden histories from the nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century: whether from the American Civil War, Maoist China, postcolonial Greenland, or contemporary Iran. These tales take readers into the heart of youth history and uncover unrecognized cultural contributions that young people have made throughout the world. ; Contents: Christine Feldman-Barrett: Youth Histories Lost and Found – Ronald J. Zboray/Mary Saracino Zboray: «My Unsocial Habit»: Reading and Emergent Youth Subcultures in Civil War America – Paul Clark: Beijing Youth Fashions from Red Guards to Rock Fans, 1966-1989 – Andy Bennett: «Fade to Grey»: The Forgotten History of the British New Romantic Movement – Jette Rygaard: Searching for Greenland’s Youth Culture Before the Internet Age – Christine Feldman-Barrett: Lost Province of German Youth: Remembering East Prussia’s Last Generation – Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen: «I Turn into a Pink Dolphin»: Apurinã Youth, Awiri, and Encounters with the Unseen – Elham Golpush-Nezhad: Queering Tehran: Discovering Gay Rap in Iran – Godwin Siundu: Youth, Athletics, and the Construction of Kalenjin Identities in Postcolonial Kenya – Cynthia R. Comacchio: The «Young Canada» Project: Youth and Nation-Building from 1867 to 1900 – Rosemary Overell: The Nikkeijin Underground in Japanese Extreme Metal – Swapna M. Banerjee: Emergent Youth Culture in 19th-Century India: A View from Colonial Bengal – Jordi Nofre/José Sánchez García/Carles Feixa: Divergences and Divisions in Contemporary Spain’s Political Youth Activism.
«This ambitious and visionary text takes us on a journey across time and space, revealing youth cultures from China and India to Iran and Greenland. Lost Histories of Youth Culture is a crucial resource for students and scholars of youth culture, popular music, and cultural studies and will inspire readers to pursue the hidden histories in their own backyards and beyond.» (Ross Haenfler, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi) «Lost Histories of Youth Culture shines with an intensity that vividly illuminates the once shadowy past of youth formations. Offering a unique historiography of youth culture, drawn from around the world, it is a reminder of the imperative of locating youth histories in time and place.» (Anoop Nayak, Professor of Social and Cultural Geography, Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
Christine Feldman-Barrett is Lecturer in Sociology at Griffith University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Hamburg between 2006 and 2007 and is the author of We Are the Mods: A Transnational History of a Youth Subculture (Peter Lang, 2009).