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Revista Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Niñez y Juventud

Print version ISSN 1692-715XOn-line version ISSN 2027-7679


ALVARADO, Sara Victoria; MARTINEZ POSADA, Jorge Eliécer  and  MUNOZ GAVIRIA, Diego Alejandro. Theoretical contextualization on youths: a view from the social sciences to youth. Rev.latinoam.cienc.soc.niñez juv [online]. 2009, vol.7, n.1, pp.83-102. ISSN 1692-715X.

We present an approach to contemporary sociological theories from the theme of youth groups, from the perspective of some concepts from which social sciences and sociology have understood, in a very specific way, the youth dynamics. This paper highlights the questions and complex essence of the concept of youth, a fact that evidences its necessary approach from a transdisciplinary perspective in order to define juvenile specificities and, accordingly, to result in a better comprehension of their lifestyles, which do not necessarily adopt panoptic views as the unique approaching methods. It examines the juvenile dynamic social proscription, anticipation morality as well as the ways to understand the young subject from adult centrism (considered as the hegemony in the interpretation of the world from the adult/ male/western subject), the panoptic time (as an allusion to the attempt of control and self-control societies to monitor the vital subject’s vital processes, based upon the particularization of moments in their lives, leading to the fragmentation of `critical space-time’ with reference to the social world) and its chronotope status, that is, the construction ability for living spaces.

Keywords : Youths; Adult centrism; panoptic time; chronotope.

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