This is the sixth and final report from the research program Youth Culture in Sweden, FUS. The volume is divided into four themes: gender and identity, spheres and institutions, styles and forms of expressions, and modernisation and history. In an introduction, Johan Fornäs presents the four themes and locates FUS within the Swedish, Nordic and international fields of research on youth culture.
Four articles then focus on gender and identity: Thomas Johansson conducts a critical analysis of the concept of narcissism. Hedvig Ekerwald analyses how sexuality is portrayed in popular culture texts directed to boys and girls, respectively. Anders Löfgren discusses the question of sexual identity in modernity, with a particular focus on the sexual identity of young homosexuals. Yvonne Gunnarsson studies how young girls in the countryside view their futures – remaining in the countryside or moving into more urban areas.
The first article on spheres and institutions is written by Helena Wulff. She analyses the role playing and identity reconstruction of young Swedish au pairs, artists and businessmen in New York in the late 1980s. Göran Bolin then examines a specific transnational subculture, devoted to ”video nasties”. Mats Lieberg discusses the problematics of ethnographic fieldwork.
The third theme of the report concerns styles and forms of expression. Erling Bjurström and Lars Lilliestam discuss the uses of the concept of style within musicology and social analysis. Mats Franzén focuses on the changing social and cultural meanings of different sports in late modernity. Ulf Lindberg analyses one of the most important but least studied genres consumed by youth: rock lyrics. Eli-sabeth Tegner relates new youth cultures to each other: house, rave and cyberpunk. Ulla-Britt Kotsinas studies the uses of language among different groups of young people in Stockholm.
In the final section of the book – modernisation and history – Hillevi Ganetz uses the concept of intertextuality in order to compare a poem of the early 20th century poet Edith Södergran with a rock lyric by a contemporary artist, Eva Dahlgren. Peter Dahlén discusses the relationship between young boys and their fathers as portrayed in Swedish film between 1930 and 1990. Finally, Ove Sernhede investigates the fascination held by white Swedish youth for Afroamerican culture.
Stockholm: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion AB , 1994. , 436 p.