© 2008

Television and Youth Culture

Televised Paranoia

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Youth Living in Paranoiac Times

  3. Theoretical Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. jan jagodzinski
      Pages 17-28
  4. Self-RefleXive Narcissism and Alienation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. jan jagodzinski
      Pages 61-73
    3. jan jagodzinski
      Pages 91-109
  5. Real Paranoia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
  6. Televised Paranoiac Spaces

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. jan jagodzinski
      Pages 197-199
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-243

About this book


This book explores youth in postmodern society through a Lacanian lens. Jagodzinski explores the generalized paranoia that pervades the landscape of television. Instead of dismissing paranoia as a negative development, he claims that youth today labour within the context of paranoia to find their identities.


culture development Narcissism society youth

About the authors

JAN JAGODZINSKI is Professor in the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, Canada.

Bibliographic information


"This book offers an intellectual explication of each of thsee particular shows through a lens of individual self-perception as well as cultural identity that speaks to not just psychoanalysis, but sociology, education, and even media studies. In doing so, Jagodzinski provides, in a density that echoes Lacan's style, a sharp explanation of post-Freudian thinking." - P.L. Yoder, Choice