Picture perfect: Self Construction, Perfection and Performance Culture in two qualitative studies

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’Picture perfect’ – when perfection becomes the new normal This paper draws on perspectives from three different studies. One study, which focuses on youth life and lack of well-being (Sørensen et al 2011), one study on youth life on the margins of society (Katznelson et al 2015) and one study on young people and school motivation (Pless et al 2015). Across the different studies and the different groups of young people, we have identified a number of common traits in the young people’s narratives on youth, school and everyday life. One common denominator is a seemingly increasingly narrow concept of normality, where the normal and the perfect tend to blend together. Where perfection earlier was perceived as an unachievable ideal, today it seems to have become a standard, which young people are trying to meet (Sørensen & Nielsen 2014). The studies point to developments within youth life towards a performance-culture, where it is through performing (perfectly), that one becomes acknowledged as a young person, and where top-performances and the ability to position oneself as a ’winner’ is accentuated in young people’s narratives (Sørensen et al 2013, Jackson 2006). In the paper we ask how – and to what extent – performance-culture, and following from this, the narrow concept of normality, is something that different young people relate and define themselves in relation to. At the same time we maintain a focus on how common social demands and structurations affect and are managed by different young people in different social positions. We thus explore, how different young people take on, deal with or reject and formulate tentative alternatives to these ideals and cultural norms: from young people for whom an outside position is part of everyday life, to young people, who, at least offhand, occupy attractive positions in youth- and school life.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
Publikationsdatojun. 2016
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2016
BegivenhedNordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12) : Changing Societies and Cultures: Youth in the Digital Age - Tallinn, Estland
Varighed: 12 jun. 201314 jun. 2013
Konferencens nummer: 12

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KonferenceNordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12)
Nummer12
LandEstland
ByTallinn
Periode12/06/201314/06/2013

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Pless, M., & Sørensen, N. U. (2016). Picture perfect: Self Construction, Perfection and Performance Culture in two qualitative studies . Abstract fra Nordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12) , Tallinn, Estland.
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Pless, M & Sørensen, NU 2016, 'Picture perfect: Self Construction, Perfection and Performance Culture in two qualitative studies ', Nordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12) , Tallinn, Estland, 12/06/2013 - 14/06/2013.

Picture perfect : Self Construction, Perfection and Performance Culture in two qualitative studies . / Pless, Mette; Sørensen, Niels Ulrik.

2016. Abstract fra Nordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12) , Tallinn, Estland.

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Pless M, Sørensen NU. Picture perfect: Self Construction, Perfection and Performance Culture in two qualitative studies . 2016. Abstract fra Nordic Youth Research Symposium 12 (NYRIS 12) , Tallinn, Estland.