Downward Mobility and the Individualization of Youth Struggle: <em>Girls</em> as Public Pedagogy

  • Miranda Campbell
Keywords: youth, downward mobility, neo-liberalism, individualization, public pedagogy


Economic recovery since the Great Recession of 2008–09 has been slow, and youth have felt particular and acute effects of this era of economic decline. This article examines the downward mobility contemporary youth are experiencing and assesses the rise of creative employment as a result of both the evaporation of permanent full-time work and a shift in youth values. Analyzing the television series Girls as an example of public pedagogy, this article investigates how contemporary economic issues involving youth are both highlighted and erased in public consciousness and considers the policy ramifications of this minimization of youth struggle.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2016.0008

Author Biography

Miranda Campbell

Miranda Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Creative Industries at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on creative employment, youth culture, and emerging and small-scale forms of creative practice. Her book, Out of the Basement: Youth Cultural Production in Practice and in Policy, was shortlisted for the 2014 Donner Prize for the Best Public Policy Book by a Canadian.

How to Cite
Campbell, M. (2016). Downward Mobility and the Individualization of Youth Struggle: <em>Girls</em&gt; as Public Pedagogy. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 8(1). Retrieved from
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