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Globalised and Multicultural: Youth Identities In The Postmodern Era

Tina Besley.

The postmodern era is considered to have begun since World War II in post-industrial societies where globalization, consumerism and commodification have become inextricably entwined. Education needs to understand the identities youth in this context in an interlinked world dominated by multinational corporations, info-tech, media and service industries rather than manufacturing. The first section, education and globalisation in the postmodern era, explicates Lyotard's understanding of the term 'postmodern', examines globalisation’s features and contradictions and outlines Baudrillard’s notions about consumerism and commodification. The second section, youth identities in the postmodern era, introduces Foucauldian notions, youth style and how hybridity establishes identities. Globalisation influences multiculturalism through increasing cultural contacts and intermarriage, but can destabilize local and ethnic identities.


Tina Besley  (United Kingdom)
Research Fellow
Dept of Educational Studies Faculty of Education
University of Glasgow

Dr. A. C. (Tina) Besley (B.A.; Dip. Teaching; Dip. Ed; M.Ed (Dist); PhD.), is a New Zealander who has been a secondary school teacher and school counsellor and is currently Research Fellow in Educational Studies at University of Glasgow, UK. Tina’s research interests include: youth issues, especially notions of self and identity in a postmodern, globalised world; school counselling; educational policy; educational philosophy and the work of Michel Foucault and poststructuralism. In 2002 Praeger published her book, "Counseling youth: Foucault, power and the ethics of subjectivity."

  • Postmodern
  • Globalisation
  • Consumerism
  • Commodification
  • Foucault
  • Youth Style and Identities
  • Hybridity
Person as Subject
  • Foucault, Michel Lyotard, Jean-Francois Baudrillard, Jean Giroux, Henry

(30 min Conference Paper, English)