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Star Wars and writing popular memory: We'll always have tatooine,
by Tara Brabazon

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.11-16

Tara Brabazon reveals a major difference between Generation Xers and youth of previous generations - the former have grown up interacting with media as part of their reality rather than as a representation of it. For the Xers, certain films are not merely markers in time that trigger memories of past experiences, but are incorporated into their lives. This generation, more than any other, takes commercial media products such as the Star Wars trilogy and appropriates meanings and images from them; however, they also expand on the meanings through their own media products such as web sites and Internet chat groups.

Access to amenities: the issue of ownership,
by Mark Lynch and Emma Ogilvie

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.17-21

A study of more than 1,100 adolescents found that while the provision of public amenities is important in the prevention of crime, it is the far more intangible factor of perceived "ownership" that is crucial. The study also found that where access to amenities was difficult, adolescents who felt that they did not have enough to do were more likely to offend than those who felt they had enough to do. This suggests that even in underprivileged communities crime rates can be reduced if the existing resources are made available for effective use by adolescents.

Rights of Passage: Insights and experiences from a youth project in a large shopping mall,
by Neile Robinson

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.22-25

A project designed to increase young people's sense of belonging, which was undertaken in a large urban shopping centre, highlighted a range of issues that need to be considered when incorporating "social capital" into commercial spaces. For example, it may be necessary to limit the types of activities that young people can undertake within a space shared by a range of stakeholders. Nevertheless, it is possible to find activities which appeal to young people, and which break down prejudices between age groups.

Hanging Out: Negotiating young people's use of public space: Overview,
by National Crime Prevention

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.26-28

The Australian Government and the State and Territory governments have formed a partnership through National Crime Prevention and the National Anti-Crime Strategy to develop crime prevention and safety strategies for Australian communities by drawing on existing expertise at all levels of government and non-government agencies. The report, 'Hanging Out: Negotiating young people's use of public space', a produce of this partnership, was based on research undertaken to identify and promote good practice in relation to the negotiation of young people's use of public space. This overview is reprinted with the permission of National Crime Prevention,

Young people, culture and the law,
by Hon David K Malcolm AC (Chief Justice of Western Australia)

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.29-35

In an address to the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia this year, the Hon David K Malcolm AC, discussed the representation of juvenile crime in the media; alternatives to incarceration of juvenile offenders; research on the causes and prevention of juvenile crime; and the relationship between young people's use of public space and juvenile crime.

Studying youth subcultures: A challenge to our preconceptions about youth,
by Rob White

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.36-37

Of the 30 or more publications produced by the Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies over the past ten years, the biggest reader response was to our 1993 title, Youth Subcultures: theory, history and the Australian experience. It was therefore not difficult to decide this year that the topic of youth subcultures warranted another look, but with a different emphasis. The result is: Australian Youth Subcultures: On the margins and in the mainstream. Rob White, the editor of both of these anthologies, describes in this article, the context of each book and the significance of learning more about the youth-specific cultural experiences and activities of Australian young people.

Banking on young people,
by Dave Phillips

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.38-39

A new initiative in the United Kingdom is giving young people the financial muscle to make a real difference to their peers. The UK's National Youth Agency's youth work development officer, Dave Phillips, describes the Youthbank - cash for action initiative. Reprinted with permission from 'Young People Now', September 1999.)

Programs and projects: Investing in community: Building capacity in culturally diverse communities to enhance resilience in young people and their families,
by Bala Mudaly

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.40-48

The background and migrant experience of many recent migrants to Australia combine to place a large number of young people in these communities at high risk of homelessness, early school leaving, drug use, self-harm and involvement with the criminal justice system. Bala Mudaly describes a pilot program designed to increase the capacity of a Cambodian community to promote healthy family life and, in the longer term, to enhance the competence, mental health and lifestyles of the young people in this community.

Points of view: Beating the developmental path: Critical notes on the Pathways to Prevention report,
by Richard Hil

Youth Studies Australia, v.18, n.4, December 1999, pp.49-50

Richard Hil provides a critique of the recently published report, Pathways to Prevention. The report is part of a joint project by the Australian Government's National Crime Prevention, and the National Anti-Crime Strategy, a shared initiative of the State and Territory governments. Ross Homel, the main author of the report, will respond to Hil's criticisms in Youth Studies Australia v.19 n.1.