Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud
Print version ISSN 1692-715X
KOHLER GONZALES, Zuleika and DE FATIMA GUARESCHI, Neuza Maria. Discourses on youth and psychological practices: the production of ways of being young. Brazil. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2008, vol.6, n.2, pp. 463-484. ISSN 1692-715X.
The young person has been a center of attention for social institutions both public and private. In social discourses on this populatin, the young man or woman is currently associated with the idea of insertion in social processes. In the academic field, there are numerous research projects and wide knowledge on youth. In the production of knowledge on youth there is a "discourse of worry" related to young men and women as regards their integration in the family and in the social and economic order. This paper displays the conceptions of youth that were legitimized in different social moments and undertakes to understand how a certain discourse on youth has been presented, often associated to the idea of a problem. The article discusses the implications of this discourse on psychological practices and explores the ways in which young men and women are affected by certain current social practices that generate various subjectivation modes. These modes are simultaneously thought, fostered and resignified in power and truth relationships, sustained by various types of knowledge, such as psychological knowledge. The article also seeks to show how these subjects have been visualized by the capitalistic market as potential consumers.
Keywords : youth; history; contemporaneous; psychological practices.