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The state and my happiness: Youth mental health, citizenship education and discursive contestations in contemporary Indonesia

Wijaya Mulya, Teguh; Salvi, Francesca; Gorczynski, Paul; Wells Brown, Tanya; Sims-Schouten, Wendy; (2021) The state and my happiness: Youth mental health, citizenship education and discursive contestations in contemporary Indonesia. Children and Society: the international journal of childhood and children's services , 36 (1) pp. 21-35. 10.1111/chso.12481. Green open access

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Abstract

Complementing studies on youth mental health that were mainly depoliticised, this article offers a discursive examination of youth mental health in an Indonesian educational context. We argue that subject positions enabled by the discourse of mental health were at odds with dominant constructions of an ideal Indonesian citizen. Drawing upon qualitative data from 22 teachers and 20 students in a junior high school in Indonesia and analyses of educational policies and textbooks, we identified three discourses underpinning the ideal(ised) constructions of young Indonesian citizen, namely, neoliberalism, (masculine) patriotism and (religious) moralism and discussed how these inhibited youth mental health.

Type: Article
Title: The state and my happiness: Youth mental health, citizenship education and discursive contestations in contemporary Indonesia
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/chso.12481
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/chso.12481
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: citizenship education, discourse analysis, Indonesia, youth mental health
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10157237
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