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Not Under My RoofParents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex$
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Amy T. Schalet

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226736181

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226736204.001.0001

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Sexuality, Self-Formation, and the State

Sexuality, Self-Formation, and the State

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(p.181) Eight Sexuality, Self-Formation, and the State
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Not Under My Roof
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Amy T. Schalet

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226736204.003.0008

This chapter begins by deepening our understanding of a paradox: the dramatization of adolescent sexuality is predicated on—and stands in service of—an ideal of freedom from social restrictions, while the normalization of adolescent sexuality is predicated on—and produces—a deep disciplinary structure and interconnectedness within a web of social ties and obligations. This is done by applying four questions drawn from Michel Foucault's work on sexual ethics. Doing so brings to fore how dramatization and normalization involve different exercises of power, induce different techniques of self-formation, and produce different individuals. Comparing dramatization and normalization and the different individualisms in which they are based shows, in turn, how Foucault's argument about the effectiveness of modern power misses critical pieces of the puzzle, namely connection, support, and self-mastery.

Keywords:   individualisms, dramatization, adolescent sexuality, normalization, social ties, Michel Foucault, sexual ethics

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