Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth Culture by Jeffrey Keuss

Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth Culture

byJeffrey Keuss

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to today's blurred youth culture

Mobile. Connected. Wired in. This is a generation that skips over perceived cultural boundaries and resists definition. They are a mash-up of identity, a blur of old categories and classes. Creators and consumers of a rapidly changing culture.

But how does one reach a demographic that is so difficult to pin down?

Many of the most popular approaches to youth ministry today begin by portraying youth as collections of fixed snapshots, "profiles" based on sociological research studies. Yet according to Dr. Jeff Keuss, today's teens cannot be adequately characterized by these simplistic and static descriptions. Keuss argues that what is needed, instead, is a qualitative approach to describing young people, one that recognizes the "blurred" nature of today's mobile youth culture.

Jeff Keuss presents an optimistic new way of thinking about youth, one that sees them more holistically and less clinically. As we learn to see youth culture through this new lens, we will become better informed and better equipped to minister to the teens of today's rapidly changing world. 

About The Author

Jeff Keuss is Professor of Christian Ministry, Theology and Culture at Seattle Pacific University (SPU) in Seattle, Washington. Jeff is a regular contributor to The Kindlings Muse monthly podcast on theology and culture ( His books include Your Neighbor's Hymnal: What Popular Music Teaches Us about Faith, Hope...
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Title:Blur: A New Paradigm For Understanding Youth CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:February 4, 2014Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310514843

ISBN - 13:9780310514848

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Seeing the blur of youth as 'Sacredly Mobile Adolescents'Chapter 2: From studying the pictures to 'seeing the blur' - creating a space for authentic ministry in a postmodern contextChapter 3: Seeing the blur of youth as Jesus did - a phenomenological reading of Jesus' encounters with youthChapter 4: Seeing the blur of youth through 'Confessions' on the dance floor: the role of St. Augustine for a practical theology of youth culture.Chapter 5: Seeing the blur of youth in the midst of Conviction, Character and CommunityChapter 6: Seeing the blur of youth as 'coming of age' - from Goethe to Star Wars, The Matrix, Harry Potter and Twilight.Chapter 7: Race and White Privilege: Taboo topics in today's youth ministry