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ERIC Number: EJ1019868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Hitting the Wall: Youth Perspectives on Boredom, Trouble, and Drug Use Dynamics in Rural New Mexico
Willging, Cathleen E.; Quintero, Gilbert A.; Lilliott, Elizabeth A.
Youth & Society, v46 n1 p3-29 Jan 2014
We examine the experience of boredom and its relationship to troublemaking and drug use among rural youth in southwestern New Mexico. We draw on qualitative research with area youth to describe "what" they think about drug use and "how" they situate it within their social circumstances. We then locate youth drug use within globalized processes affecting this setting, including a local economic environment with limited educational and employment opportunities for youth. Drug use emerges as a common social practice that enables youth to ameliorate boredom, yet only some youth become known as troublemakers. Study findings offer insight into how dominant social institutions--schools and juvenile justice authorities--shape the construction of trouble from the perspectives of youth. We contend that boredom and troublemaking among rural youth are not simply age-appropriate forms of self-expression but instead represent manifestations of social position, political economic realities, and assessments of possible futures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico
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