ERIC Number: EJ915376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
Absent Audiences: Youth Identity Formation in Preparations for Performance
Thompson, Carol C.
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v10 n1 p22-40 2011
This article explores the use of audiences in preparation for public presentation by an urban youth organization in Camden, New Jersey (U.S.). Camden is an impoverished city with few opportunities for youth. The organization, a hybrid of youth development, technology, business, and college preparation, prepared youth for good jobs or college. Public presentations were a main participation structure. In preparing for them, youth used the imagined responses of audiences as a way of developing their work. They also used the real responses of previous audiences as they considered how best to represent their work and themselves. Absent audiences were deeply connected to their thought processes for their presentations in radio shows, to Web design clients, and to audiences for digital storytelling festivals. These audiences also influenced the ways in which the youth constructed their own identities, moving from the categories of victim or urban youth to expert.
Descriptors: Youth Programs, College Preparation, Audiences, Cognitive Processes, Urban Youth, Higher Education, Communities of Practice, Models, Apprenticeships, Story Telling, Cultural Capital, Evaluation, Expertise
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey