In asking “Who are youth?” and "What is their culture?" it is helpful to consider 4 elements of identity formation in culture: (1) Artifacts, (2) Behaviors, (3) Ideas, and (4) Language. I'll take each of these in turn, one post at a time, in the coming days:
(1) "Artifacts" are what a future archaeologist would find if she or he were to dig up remains from this time and place. Artifacts are what youth wear, carry, and consume. These are best thought of as the status symbols that define a given culture.
Some examples of youth artifacts today (complete with hyperlinks for you to follow!) are:
Uniforms, Jackets, and Emblems
Clothes and Style (and Accessories)
How they wear their hair
Piercings and tattoos
Beauty and Athletic Ability
Any more you can think of?