It felt a little surreal going through the videos as well as the I finally got through picking through what I was trying to say or to tease out some of the points that came out through my rants. Through out the whole issues of "youth subjectivity" came out.
I understand that the video itself is a little all over the place and kinda takes a long detour away from the text in itself so here's a couple of things so one doesn't have to sit through the whole thing I wanted it up as a whole so that folks and can "see" how I process a little but watching through the whole thing for me is starting to give me a headache, but one can skip the first three min of the video and as well as the part where I start talking about legos and such it's kinda irrelevant and I wasn't sure where I was going with it.
Specifically focusing on the text this part of my rant/process is getting at initially getting at where the "youth" subject or it's place in the discussion. There is a difference I feel that needs to be distinguished from those bodies that are seen not being able to participate within the political sphere and those bodies that are "not yet allowed to" participate or are a reflection of those that are able to.
Grief and youth
In Butler's essay she touches on how "grief" provides a different way to thing through a "complex community" and that it exposes how "I" and the "other" cannot be easily distinguished or excised from each other. In this rant/process I bring up the image of the grieving child and I didn't quite elaborate on it or really connect it that effectively to the reading. I feel that when youth subjectivity is place upon the conversation it thoroughly confuses things and complicates it differently. Butler states that "Many people think that grief is privatizing" although I agree with this point this I feel only pertain to those that are fully formed subjects. In terms of youth subjectivity grief, I feel, is not privatizing it impels the opposite reaction. Grief in terms of youth impels intervention that as a youth grief is not allowed or should be kept as minimum . Butler puts forth the idea that grief is a transformative agreement in which what "becomes" is not necessarily known, but here only those that are allowed to or seen as being able to enter into this agreement are recognized. So where does that place the "youth subject"?
I "see" it like this: the youth subject is seen or conceived of as a representation of what they are to become, which is a fully formed political and participatory subject so when a "youth" grieves then it represents the grief of the fully formed subject hence there is a mandatory impulse to intervene.
Violence and youth
In this part I touched a little on the continuation of grief and the community and as well as touch on the idea of violence. Much like my points in the previous section about youth subjectivity I wanted to play with the idea of violence and more specifically how violence is conceptualized towards youth. I also wanted to touch a little on the idea of autonomy and how that particular idea is also a very priviledged one in terms of subject position. Violence against youth is redirected towards a more real subject whether its the community or their providers. I still kind of need to tease out this idea so I will leave this part up for the class on thursday :)
ok here's a thank you vid... just a short thank you yo :)
Ok So heres a link to the couple other videos just in case folks wanted to check it out