chapter  4
33 Pages

Youth culture and style

WithJo Croft

Nevertheless, once we begin to consider the different ways in which age underpins the identity of any given individual, it emerges as a category which is far from being simply a biological given. The social effects of age have implications far beyond the explicit classification of how old someone is. Age, consequently, is an aspect of identity which powerfully reflects the particular character of life in any national culture, and we can learn a lot about a nation’s values and cultural practices by paying attention to the significance it attaches to certain life stages. It is worth noting, for example, that – unlike the United States and many European countries – Britain has no specific legislation governing ‘age discrimination’.