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Youth Culture and Fashion
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are young people in Britain influenced much by American youth culture?
Few people would deny that American influences seem to be present everywhere
- from Piła to Peterborough! To get an accurate answer to this question
we'd really have to ask all the young people in Britain, but on the whole
young people in Britain seem to be less influenced by American culture
than young people in other countries. This is perhaps because Britain has
for many years had its own music, fashions and cinema. In the Fifties
we were very influenced by American culture, particularly music and the
cinema though American fashion has never particularly attracted us. Only
the toys, the soap operas and the gimmicks have got through to us. Like
everyone else we have Macdonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and the other
chain eateries, but fashions change very quickly and we now have sandwich
bars like Pret a Manger which are just as popular.
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2. How old are young Brits when they move away from home?
It depends. Patterns vary of course across the many cultural groups
in Britain. Young people from Asian families may be inclined to stay at
home longer and leave only to marry or study in another city. Young people
from Afro-Caribbean families are more likely to move into their own accommodation
though the family link usually remains strong. In large cities like London,
you will probably find a higher number of young single people living far
from home and on their own.
3. At what age can young people in Britain get married?
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