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Introduction: Youth Cultures and Feminist Politics


In order to understand these changes it is useful to outline the frameworks through which young women’s cultural and political cultures have typically been interpreted. ese are subculture theory and feminism. Both of these have been central to theorizing and taking seriously young women’s political and cultural action. A key concept for both of these paradigms is “resistance,” but this idea has come under considerable pressure from forces that have complicated modes of social change activities. Here I identify the ways these frameworks have evolved and adapted to the new conditions that young women live in that shape their possibilities for new kinds of “resistance” today.