Youth as a Disciplinary Category Analytical Essay by Jessie

Youth as a Disciplinary Category
A discussion on youth as a disciplinary category based on A. Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange" and J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye".
# 149609 | 1,856 words | 2 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 26, 2011 in Literature (American) , Sociology (General) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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This paper focuses upon two classic texts as the foundation of the discussion of youth as a disciplinary category that services social control purposes: J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" and A. Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange". The paper highlights how in each of these texts, the young protagonists rebel against the constraints created by society, to varying degrees of success. The paper also analyzes how these books consider the stereotypes associated with youth and the youthful desire to construct an existence characterized by freedom.

Youth as a Disciplinary Category
The Youth as Monster
The Youth as a Hero

From the Paper:

"Examples of youth as a disciplinary category that services social control purposes may be found throughout society, such as laws that limit a youth's ability to drive, drive, vote and participate in the military. Often, these measures are justified based upon perceived limitations associated with children. For example, youths are not believed to be emotionally responsible enough to have sex. They are protected by parents from serving in wars because parents way to preserve their innocents. Youths are similarly prevented from smoking or drinking until particular ages because they are not believed to be capable of making the choice before these predetermined dates.
"These barriers prevent youths from qualifying as whole, complete members of society, allowing youths to therefore be controlled and manipulated by others. This leads to one of two views of children. First, children may be viewed as monsters that must be controlled by society until they are mature enough to act responsibly. Secondly, youths may be viewed as innocents who are distinct from adults because they have not yet been touched by experience. The first view paints the youth as a danger to society. The second views the child as a victim in need of protection and adults as ultimately dark and dangerous."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Burgess, A. (1986). A Clockwork Orange. New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
  • Salinger, J.D. (2001). The Catcher in the Rye. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

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