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Seeking the vibe: The Melbourne rave scene,
by Christine Siokou

Youth Studies Australia, Vol 21 n 1, March 2002, pp.11-18

Raves have been the subject of negative mass media portrayal for many years; however, there is a paucity of academic studies of raves. A research internship in 1998-99 at the University of Melbourne gave Christine Siokou the opportunity to survey 500 ravers and 70 DJs and to conduct 25 detailed interviews, leading to her internship report, 'Parties for the People'. The paper presented here is based on her subsequent honours thesis, completed at La Trobe University in 2000. The paper first looks at the Melbourne rave scene, providing a detailed context in which the author then explores several strands of interrelated theory. She examines identity construction, particularly the notions of multiple and collective identities, which she argues are closely intertwined for many participants at raves, and she also critiques earlier approaches to youth subcultures which focus on deviance.

Dancing through the revolution: The political and social meaning of the rave,
by Tara Brabazon

Youth Studies Australia, Vol 21 n 1, March 2002, pp.19-24

The process of writing about modern dance culture is fraught with "dangers" at many levels. First, the problem of representing physical movement in words; second, the challenge of producing a plausible theoretical interpretation of the significance of dance in popular culture; and finally, the task of exploring the relationship between interpretations of previous dance and music forms and the latest incarnations of these cultural forms. In her answer to these challenges, Tara Brabazon suggests that raves and ecstasy are past their "use by date", but that the rave had political and social meaning for participants that belied its hedonistic image.

The complexities of ethnic adolescent health: An Australian perspective,
by Barbara Bryan and J.A. Batch

Youth Studies Australia, v.21, n.1, March 2002, pp.24-33

Ethnic adolescent health is both complex and multifaceted. It is connected to and affected by family relations, the use of health services, peer relations, school influences, and issues emanating from the migration process. This paper reviews the predominantly Australian literature related to ethnic adolescent health issues. It highlights the limited and somewhat difficult nature of health research directed towards Australia's ethnic minority adolescents and emphasises their marginalisation in general health research and literature to date.

Friends, authority and health: An insight into young people's smoking habits and efforts to quit,
by Debbie Fergus, Jennifer Rowe and Margaret McAllister

Youth Studies Australia, Vol 21 n 1, March 2002, pp.34-39

Targeting the young appears to be an ideal strategy to decrease societal smoking patterns. However, the traditional zero tolerance stance adopted in the education system toward smoking in schools does not stop smoking but creates a hidden culture of smoking. Drawing upon findings from an ethnographic investigation into the smoking lives of a cohort of teenagers, this paper argues a need for health educators to focus on smoking cessation by tapping into the dynamics of youth culture and the associated self-management strategies used by young people in their efforts to quit. The knowledge generated from this study informs directions for further research and contributes to the development of youth appropriate preventative health strategies.

Young people and their quest for meaning,
by Ruth Webber

Youth Studies Australia, v.21, n.1, March 2002, pp.40-43

Falling attendances and an ageing of congregations at Australia's mainstream religious institutions indicate young people's declining interest in traditional worship. However, this trend is balanced by young people's increased interest in alternative forms of spirituality. In an economic and social climate that "worships" individualism, young people are rejecting religions that are absolute and authoritarian, but are still seeking a sense of belonging and a purpose in life.

Relationships and power,
by Kathleen Stacey, Emma Webb, Sarah-Lynn Hills, Nina Lagzdins, Desima Moulds, Tony Phillips and Paul Stone

Youth Studies Australia, v.21, n.1, March 2002, pp.44-51

Youth Partnership Accountability (YPA) is an approach to youth participation that is explicitly concerned with the issues of power, relationships and agendas in partnership work. As the name suggests, it focuses on the accountability of workers and agencies to the young people involved in the process. The authors briefly outline principles and practices of YPA, before turning to a closer exploration of relationships and power.

WAM: Willing and Able Mentoring Program,
by Kevin Murfitt

Youth Studies Australia, v.21, n.1, March 2002, p.52

The Willing and Able Mentoring Program (WAM) is a collaborative project between Deakin University and the University of Melbourne, which received funding from the Australian Government. WAM matches final-year university students who have a disability with mentors in leading corporations in the students' field of interest for a series of meetings during the second semester of a given year. These meetings focus on strategies for gathering information about the career environment students are heading towards; refining interview skills; experiencing the workplace culture; developing better skills in presenting a professional profile; and demistifying disability and related workplace issues.

Last modified: 11 December, 2007