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Stereotyping Teenagers

This user-created video was produced by students at a British school and uploaded to Youtube in 2009. It features students and a professor talking about the stereotypes that teens face, the social categories often prescribed to groups of students, and the role of the media in the process.


After watching this clip, what do you think are some of the similarities and differences between the American teenage experience and the British teenage experience? What does this say about the status and role of teenagers across different Western societies?

What are the different “types” or “groups” of students that you see in your school (for instance, jocks, popular girls, skaters, smart kids, etc)? How does the media industry and products serve to shape your conceptions of these different types? Is having these types a useful thing? Problematic?

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