Ephebiphobia

The fear of youth is called ephebiphobia.[1] First coined as the "fear or loathing of teenagers,"[2] today the phenomenon is recognized as the "inaccurate, exaggerated and sensational characterization of young people" in a range of settings around the world.[3] Studies of the fear of youth occur in sociology and youth studies. ъEtymology and usage [edit]Coinage The word ephebiphobia is formed from the Greek ephebos, meaning "youth" or "adolescent" and ? phobos, meaning "fear" or "phobia". The coinage of this term is attributed to a 1994 article by Kirk Astroth published in Phi Delta Kappan.[4] Today, common usage occurs internationally by sociologists, government agencies,[5] and youth advocacy organizations that define ephebiphobia as an abnormal or irrational and persistent fear and/or loathing of teenagers or adolescence.[6][7] [edit]Similar terms The term paedophobia has gained popular acceptance in Europe to describe the aforementioned "fear of youth".[8][9] Pediaphobia is the fear of infants and children. Hebephobia (from the Greek ?, h?be, "youth, puberty") has also been proposed[citation needed]. Similar terms include adultism, which is a predisposition towards adults that is biased against children and youth, and ageism, which describes discrimination against any person because of their age. [edit]History The fear of youth, along with fear of street culture and the fear of crime, is said to have been in Western culture for "time immemorial".[10] Machiavelli is said to have realized that a fear of youth is what kept the city of Florence from keeping a standing army.[11] Ancient Venice and ancient Greece are also said to have had floundering public policy because of their fear of youth.[12][13] Early American Puritanism has been seen as eliant on a fear of youth, who were seen as embodying adventure and enlightenment, and therefore were viewed as susceptible to "decadent morality."[14] During the Industrial Revolution Western Europe and North America popular media was particularly driven to propagate the fear of children and youth in order to further the industrialization of schooling,[15] and eventually to remove young people from the workplace when their labor became unnecessary due to mechanization and the influx of new labor.[16] Post-World War II France was said to have been stricken by concern for mal de jeunesse when they created policies that reflected their fear of youth. "Send them to summer camps, place others in reformatories, the rest should have some fresh air, build some athletic fields..." were the intentions of youth policies in that era.[17] Following World War II the United States military identified the growing number of youth in the Deep South as a problematic scenario for national security. Analysts have suggested the upswing in the popular culture's fear of youth may be attributed to defense policies created in response to that threat.[18] "In the 1990s public fear of adolescents mounted," caused by the, "increased youth access to handguns, the syndicatization of territorial youth gangs into illegal drug cartels, racist stereotyping of urban youth, academic and political pandering, media frenzy, and a spate of high-profile school shootings of students by their fellow students."[19] The Seattle Weekly specifically cited the fear of youth as the driving factor behind Seattle, Washington's now-defunct Teen Dance Ordinance.[20] The government of Prime Minister Tony Blair introduced the Anti-Social Behaviour Order in 1998, which has also been attributed directly to a fear of youth.

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