The Conceptualization and Representations of Adolescence in Vietnamese Media during the “Reform Era” of Vietnam (1986–1995)

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to explore the conceptualization and representations of adolescence in the Vietnamese media during the Reform era (1986–1995). Analyzing newspapers targeting adolescents, I argue that the Reform era marked a departure from the conceptualization and representation of Vietnamese adolescents as miniature communists, which dominated the media in pre-Reform decades. It also marked the emergence and convergence of Vietnamese adolescence into a global adolescent sensibility, which emphasizes identity search and mood swings. Factors contributing to these conceptual changes include the adoption of a market economy, a new high school system, and family planning policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-194
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family History
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 23 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study is partially funded by the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration’s Dissertation Fellowship.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 The Author(s)

Keywords

  • modernization
  • reform
  • Vietnam
  • Vietnamese adolescence
  • youth

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