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Road to whatever : middle-class culture and the crisis of adolescence

Author: Elliott Currie
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
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A compassionate investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among "mainstream" American teenagers. In the past few years, it has become painfully clear that all is not well with the children of middle-class America. Beyond the shootings at Columbine, hardly a day goes by without stories of drug use, binge drinking, fatal accidents, and suicides among middle-class  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Currie
ISBN: 0805067639 9780805067637
OCLC Number: 56685194
Description: 305 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: "A white kind of messing up" --
"Whatever, dude" : the elements of care-lessness --
The sink-or-swim family --
"There's no help out there" : the world of therapeutic darwinism --
The school as opponent --
Turning it around --
Toward a culture of support.
Responsibility: Elliott Currie.
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A compassionate investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among "mainstream" American teenagers. In the past few years, it has become painfully clear that all is not well with the children of middle-class America. Beyond the shootings at Columbine, hardly a day goes by without stories of drug use, binge drinking, fatal accidents, and suicides among middle-class adolescents. Sociologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Currie rejects such predictable answers as TV violence, permissiveness, and inherent evil. Instead, drawing on years of interviews, he links this crisis to a pervasive "culture of exclusion" that has left young people facing an ever more unforgiving world. Currie describes a society in which "zero tolerance" of adolescent misbehavior has become the norm, where "tough love" and medications have replaced engagement and guidance. Broadening his inquiry, he dissects the changes in middle-class life that have enforced newly rigid divides between winners and losers and imposed an extraordinarily harsh culture--and not just on kids.

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