Zine Culture: A Youth Intimate Public

  • Kate Douglas
  • Anna Poletti
Part of the Studies in Childhood and Youth book series (SCY)


Continuing the interest in youth counterpublics begun in Chap.  5, this chapter examines how zines and zine culture have become an important site for young people to discuss their experiences of suicidal ideation and suicide. Drawing on feminist and queer literary theory, we position zines about suicide as a largely autonomous textual space where young people can openly discuss their experiences of suicide and bereavement. We argue that the combination of the labour of self-publishing a text with life writing discourse make these zines a unique textual environment in which young people can narrate the challenges associated with building a life they want to live.


Young People Suicide Prevention Identity Work Social Entity Textual Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kate Douglas
    • 1
  • Anna Poletti
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtNetherlands

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