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Young or youthful: the Scout Movement and youth discourses
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
2012 (English)In: Leisure/Loisir, ISSN 1492-7713, Vol. 36, no 1, 53-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to explore the discourses surrounding the contemporary Swedish Scout Movement and young people. The method is based on discourse analysis. Newspaper articles about, and leaflets from, the movement from 2007 to 2009 were analyzed. The findings suggest that scouts are described as well-behaved, decent, sinful, “geeky,” young or youthful. The leaflets demonstrate that the organization wants to promote itself as youthful. It has trouble recruiting young people and tries to change its image by borrowing symbols from other youth cultures. Paradoxically, this approach leads to a conclusion that the Scout Movement's youth are not seen as youthful by their own organization. They cannot signal youthfulness by themselves.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2012. Vol. 36, no 1, 53-64 p.
Keyword [en]
youth, scouting, media, discourse
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Other Social Sciences
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Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78796DOI: 10.1080/14927713.2012.701953OAI: diva2:544042
Available from: 2012-08-13 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2012-09-21Bibliographically approved

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