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The geeks shall inherit the Earth : popularity, quirk theory, and why outsiders thrive after high school

Author: Alexandra Robbins
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011.
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In her book, Alexandra Robbins explores the ways group identity theories play out among cliques - and the students they exclude. She reveals the new labels students stick onto each other today, the long-term effects of this marginalization, and the reasons students falling under these categories are often shunned.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexandra Robbins
ISBN: 9781401302023 1401302025 9781401310776 140131077X
OCLC Number: 641534585
Description: x, 436 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Meet the cafeteria fringe --
Late summer to early fall: the popularity myth. Quirk theory and the secret of popularity --
Why are popular people mean? --
Fall: why quirk theory works. In the shadow of the freak tree --
It's good to be the cafeteria fringe --
Winter: outcast profiling and other dangers. Challenges --
Misperceptions --
Late winter to early spring: being excluded doesn't mean that anything's wrong with you. A brief introduction to group psychology --
Why labels stick: the motivations of the normal police --
Spring: quirk theory's origins: why these issues are hardest in school. Changing perceptions --
Two steps forward, one step back --
Late spring to early summer: popular vs. outcast. Popularity doesn't lead to happiness --
The rise of the cafeteria fringe --
Cafeteria fringe: lucky and free.
Responsibility: Alexandra Robbins.

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In her book, Alexandra Robbins explores the ways group identity theories play out among cliques - and the students they exclude. She reveals the new labels students stick onto each other today, the long-term effects of this marginalization, and the reasons students falling under these categories are often shunned.

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Don't let the title dissuade you

by Spekkio (WorldCat user published 2011-11-20) Excellent Permalink

If you're a cynic or a pessimist (some might say realist) like me, you might be inclined to skip this book. The title might strike you as Pollyannish. After all, given the horrors in our world, it is clear that geeks haven't inherited it yet. And not all outsiders thrive after high school. In fact,...
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