Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World

Youth Culture: Identity in a Postmodern World, edited by Jonathon S. Epstein. Another book from Fuzz Kitto’s library I hadn’t seen before.

Written in 1998 and published by Blackwell Publishers in the UK.

Epstein provides a helpful introduction to Generation X, youth culture and identity.

I was fascinated with Steven Best and Douglas Kellner’s article on “Beavis and Butt-Head” – they look at the impact of popular TV media on youth.

Other topics in the book include sexuality & body politics, education, industrial-hard core music subculture, deadhead subculture, rave scene, punk and cyberpunk, gender in Canadian heavy metal music, and amateur stripping.

Postmodern Youth Ministry On The Shelf

Was looking through Fuzz Kitto’s library and found Postmodern Youth Ministry by Tony Jones. Tony’s one of the Emergent Village crew and has recently finished up as Young Adults pastor in Edina, Minnesota to do a Ph.D in Princeton. The book is published by Youth Specialties who have published online an appendix by Tony, talking about his experience of writing and talking about philosophy and youth ministry. I like the layout of the book – quotes are expressed in non-boring format. He models an approach to dialogue by including the comments of his reviewers – before the book goes to print!

Postscript: See my later more-in-depth posting (November 18, 2005) on Tony Jones’ explanation of postmodern trends.

Postmission – world mission by a postmodern generation

Postmission was put together by a group of Gen X leaders of mission organisations, mostly from the UK, who gathered for a week’s retreat. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of thought developed here. It was helpful to have theories grounded in stories of mission organisations. Not too many books of this type actually engage with source material by postmodernists such as Foucault, Lyotard and Deleuze. I appreciate the application of workplace generational approaches to mission organisations.

Published by Paternoster Press, UK, 2002, edited by Richard Tiplady

Here’s a note from OC Books in Dunedin, NZ…

It’s axiomatic that Generation Xers tend to fit less easily into the older cultures of the church, and that includes missionary organisations. This book asks, if Generation Xers were to do mission their way, what would it look like? Are new strategies, structures and methodologies needed or can what already exists be changed to allow the Xer worldview to exist alongside others?

This book is written for existing mission leaders and boards, and for those who wish to bring change within their organisations as a response to culture change in the West, and in the world.

At times provocative, often wise, it’s well worth a look even for issues apart from mission-orientated ones. The ten contributors include one New Zealander, Bevan Herangi.

Postmission.com – An International forum on Christian mission in Postmodernity