For five years, Jim Walker followed the stories of four groups of young men, from their last years at an inner-city high school to their early twenties. Louts and Legends is a rich portrayal of their ways of life, their responses to school and teachers, and their experience of job-seeking, employment, unemployment, further education and training.
Louts and Legends presents a unique perspective on Australian culture, showing the problems, achievements, and social context of four distinct cultural styles: the macho 'Aussie' culture of the footballers; the competitive challenge of the Greeks; the 'nice guy' friendliness of the handballers; the artistic aspirations of the stigmatised three friends.
The interview and participant observation data gathered over a long period contains fresh insights on youth culture as well as moving individual stories. The findings in this book pose a challenge to educational and social policy, but they also offer realistic suggestions for teachers, youth workers, parents and for other young people.
Table of Contents
Notes on the text
PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Youth culture: a case study
PART II: MALE YOUTH CULTURE IN AN INNER-CITY SCHOOL
2. The competitors
3. Australians too
4. The ways men act
5. Winners and losers
PART III: CONCLUSION
6. Youth culture, education and social policy
Appendix: Researchers and subjects
Lexicon of cultural terms
Jim Walker PhD teaches education at the University of Sydney and is the author of works on educational policy and the curriculum. He is putting the finishing touches to his next book, Learning Culture: Teachers and students in an inner city school.