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In an attempt to challenge societal values youth cultures in the form of rebellion act and dress radically and form groups in protest These dissident actions against the structure of existing society promotes the beginning of new small groups which reflect their own rules structures class gender and ethnic ideologies So the youth culture in challenging societal values at the same time is reflecting them In comparing Margaret Meads young adults in Coming of Age in Samoa to Russian youth it is evident where the differences arise The Samoans strong cultural values leave little need for individual expression Expectations of the children change as they get older They know what is expected of them and want to follow the rules In contrast the youth in the Soviet Union live in a culture of confusion They feel constricted by the laws of the society see families collapsing around them and believe things should change They want to be individuals and they want to live by their own values and ideas Many come from broken homes and poor communities with little respect for authority They rebel against what they feel is an unjust society and look for a culture or group that they can identify with Often society depicts these groups as dangerous deviant and delinquent These groups however just show many of the valued structures of society but in a more radical way They have a standard code of dress values ethics and rebel in order to force their ideas onto the public and to feel part of a recognizable group Margaret Mead noticed little individual differences among the Samoans We have seen that the Samoans have a low level of appreciation of personality differences Mead 1973 161 The Samoans strong cultural and family traditional values do not allow for individualism In comparison Soviet youth express their individualism through youth cultures such as punk metallist hard-rock groups and golden youth Although they feel they are expressing
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