Youth And Urban Culture

Introduction


Urban places determine the behavior of their respective inhabitants. Youthful people display diversity in their behavior depending on the places that they stay. According to urban culture refers to the practices that people in urban places display. He also asserts that urban culture entails the access to advanced technology that increases the level of modernisation.

Gidley B (2007, P 149), suggests that there is a significance relation between the presentation of black and behavior in metropolitan places in Britain. This is a valid claim that is evident from the intensity in the expression of culture among the youthful people in Britain. British youths tend to be more expressive of their diverse cultures more than the older generation in Britain. The phenomenon of urban culture is dominant among the youth who seem to be aggressive. Music is a significant element of urban culture among the youth in Britain. This suggests that the youth will always reveal diverse cultural practices in their respective music. Music also allows people to identify with their diverse cultural practices. The realisation of such identifications is possible when these people include their practices in their music. The diversity in the expression of cultural practices highlights some elements of bigotry.

Some critics believe that the phenomenon of urban culture refers to racists practices. These critics believe that the entire practice does not seem to unite either the youth or the elderly. It seems to allow people to express themselves and in turn create differences among the same people. Popular music includes the genre of hip-hop, which is representative of certain cultures. This also implies that urban culture tends to promote dominance of certain cultures. The freedom for people to display their cultural practice is not entirely positive. Some of the negativity that it presents includes tendencies of people despising other cultures. It is likely that such freedoms could encourage people from diverse civilisations to engage in conflicting conversations. These conversations would force the respective cultures to be superior to the other. The modern youth face such challenges from their expression of diverse cultures. They seem to have other forces, such as globalisation that encourage them to consider their cultures superior.

The youth in South London enable researches to identify the significance of urban culture. Urban culture goes beyond such ideals as music. It also entails other elements that include the personalities of the youth both in and out of the UK. The respective messages that prevail in the popular music seem to reveal the behavior of the artist and their respective followers. The musicians that make these impacts on the youth in Britain do not necessarily come from the UK. Some of them including Bruno Mars and Rihanna make commendable progress on the musical charts of the UK billboards (Tieck, S. 2012, 38). The involvement of the youth in the formation of such musical polls also suggests that the youths have a dominant culture in music. Apart from the two musicians, Taylor Swift also appears to appeal to the youth in Britain through her music. Recently, the youth in Britain voted for Gabriel Aplin’s “The Power of Love” as number one in The United Kingdom Songs billboard. Cellist Laura van der Heijden ws the winner of “BBC Young Musician Award 2012”.

Mass media plays a fundamental role in the spread of urban culture. It does not matter whether the cultures are positive or negative (Russell, D. 2007, 54). The media also seems to encourage different races to display hate towards people from other races. One would expect modern youths to shun from such primitive practices. This is untrue because the same youthful people are active in destroying each other. Black people encounter several challenges in their stay across the UK. The phenomenon of ethnicity prevails when the mass media fails to protect the respective citizenry of the UK. There seems to be underrepresentation of certain races, evident from the behavior that the youth keep displaying. There is no change in their behavior regardless of the extent of modernity in the current world. The practices in the current world force the youth to behave, as ancient people with no civilisation would do (Ferguson, C.2008, 54).

Another significant expression of urban culture among the youth is evident through fashion. Fashion appeals to the youth in urban places. They seem to express their selves using diverse fashion statements. In this book, he suggests that the origin of fashion ideas is irrelevant in urban places. There are numerous designs that later become international labels, but they began on the streets. This implies that modernity allows people especially the youth to be extremely fashionable. Modern streets create impressive designs because the youth seems to be free in their expression of fashion statements. The diversity in styles creates a phenomenon that is similar to tribes. Each person has their own style preference creating diversity in acceptance of styles in urban streets (Jones, P. & Hillier, D. 2002, 50).

Fashion is also extreme and makes youths participate in activities that are fashion sensitive (Polhemus, T. 1997, 175). The creations of occasions that focus o fashions prove this. Fashion weeks and other fashionable exhibitions prove this assertion. Fashion weeks are a fundamental component of urban culture that specifically appeals to the youth in Britain. This is attributable to the intense interest that the youth have in using fashion to communicate diverse aspects about themselves. The youth use fashion to represent their respective cultures. The culture that they represent is modern in the sense that it does not compare to previous fashion statements.

Apart from the above expressions, urban culture creates certain practices in the youth. The current fashion trends are influential to the youth in Britain. This s evident from the rampant spreads of fashion ideals when the ideas emerge. The youth adorn certain fashion pieces that people consider fashionable. This is an expression of culture in itself because it appeals for several people who are serious (Phillips, D. 2008, 39). Fashion also enables communication to be effective for the youth in across the UK. People who use fashion to communicate significant ideas about themselves tend to promote the culture of fashion in urban places. Youths pieces several parts of their bodies to indicate that they belong to certain groups. This is a cultural practice that s possible in urban places for youths who are extremely expressive (Back, L. 2006, 49). Some youths in urban settings engage in extremely violent behavior. This is a negative culture that destroys the respective lives of all those who engage in violent activities. Currently, several young people appear to have intense involvements in violent crimes (Tita, G. 2007, 56). Modern researchers engage in studies that help to explain the involvement of the youth in criminal activities (Nayak, A. 2003, 59).

It is necessary for the involvement of the government in protecting the youth from such violent exposures. This will be possible if there are campaigns that educate the youth on the negativity of violence in their respective lives (Maher, J. & Pierpoint, H. 2011, 28). This also implies that there needs to be an abolishment of certain stereotypes. These stereotypes include such notions as the rate of violence to be higher in the US as compared to the UK. Other social studies suggest that governments need to create safe environments for growing children in the following ways. The first one is forcing parents to expose their children to appropriate upbringing. The patents need to be close to their children and in turn identify any strange behavior that they could develop. Another strategy of reducing violence in the youth is establishing strict legislation on the possession of violent weapons. This will ensure that the youths do not have easy access to weapons as they currently do (Spergel, I. 2005, 28).

Urban areas present several challenges to the youth throughout their respective youthful lives. It seems mandatory for the same youth to engage in other negativities, for example, underage sex and abuse of drinks. The pressure is undesirable for the youth in the UK as it makes them increase there respective immorality. It also appears normal and acceptable for the same youth to be extremely immoral. The engagement in under-age sex does not seem to be negative to the youth (Gidley, B. 2007, 39). Instead, the youths do not have a problem with it. This is attributable to the increment in the number of pregnant youths. Their friends never learn from the ones who get pregnant. All these could be probably because of the intense challenges that modernity presents to the youth. Blaming the youth for all the indecent practice in not necessary. Parents and school instructors need to guide their children against such practices.

The culture of the youth in the UK is not entirely negative. Sometimes, the youth engage in impressive activities that are beneficial to both they and the elderly. Their participation in advanced technological application is a proof of this assertion. The youths get relevant updates on technological innovations and share the knowledge with other people. This suggests that the passion that the youth have in technological advancements is a perfect culture to the youth (Gillilan, L. 2005, 39). Urban culture should not let the youth in the UK or any part of the globe to engage in negativity. Instead, there should be acceptable practices for the youthful people. This will ensure that they youth do not engage in such practices as violence or abuse of illegal substances.

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