Youth and the Mystery Wall

Phil Frampton writes about the crucial importance of teenagers’ collective empowerment from the perspective of his experiences of living in care in England. He expands on this argument by setting his experiences against wider international cultures and policies.

Phil argues that youth create a ‘Mystery Wall’ between themselves and adults to protect the development of their self-identity and self-esteem through collective peer empowerment.

He concludes that for society to become more open, honest and usefully productive requires discovering strategies to embrace the energy, collectivity, collective empowerment and societal emancipation of adolescents rather than continuing the repressive road of mistrust, atomisation and repression.