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‘Life-Stage Dissolution’, Infantilization and Antisocial Consumption: Implications for De-responsibilization, Denial and Environmental Harm

Brisman, A and South, N (2015) '‘Life-Stage Dissolution’, Infantilization and Antisocial Consumption: Implications for De-responsibilization, Denial and Environmental Harm.' Young, 23 (3). 209 - 221. ISSN 1103-3088

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Abstract

© 2015, © 2015 SAGE Publications and Young Editorial Group. Hayward (2012, 2013) asserts that the opposition between adolescence and adulthood is increasingly challenged as late-modern capitalist culture artificially extends the former. Hayward introduces the concept of ‘life-stage dissolution’—and its attendantbidirectionalprocesses of ‘adultification’ and ‘infantilization’—to propose that it isbecomingdifficult for young people to differentiate and disassociate themselves from the generation immediately ahead of them and vice versa. This article makes a contribution to a ‘green cultural criminology’ (Brisman and South, 2013b, 2014) by extending Hayward’s argument to the realm of environmental harms and concerns. It provides examples of ways in which ‘life-stage dissolution’ and the resulting ‘generational mulch’ impede efforts towards environmental protection that might take into account future generations, and it explores how such responsibility is denied even while scientific awareness grows that over-consumption is damaging the environment that future generations will inherit.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/14464

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