Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 28, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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Teenage Wasteland provides memorable portraits of "rock and roll kids" and shrewd analyses of their interests in heavy metal music and Satanism. A powerful indictment of the often manipulative media coverage of youth crises and so-called alternative programs designed to help "troubled" teens, Teenage Wasteland draws new conclusions and presents solid reasons to admire the resilience of suburbia's dead end kids.

"A powerful book."—Samuel G. Freedman, New York Times Book Review

"[Gaines] sheds light on a poorly understood world and raises compelling questions about what society might do to help this alienated group of young people."—Ann Grimes, Washington Post Book World

"There is no comparable study of teenage suburban culture . . . and very few ethnographic inquiries written with anything like Gaines's native gusto or her luminous eye for detail."—Andrew Ross, Transition

"An outstanding case study. . . . Gaines shows how teens engage in cultural production and how such social agency is affected by economic transformations and institutional interventions."—Richard Lachman, Contemporary Sociology

"The best book on contemporary youth culture."—Rolling Stone

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User Review  - Heather Downs - Goodreads

A book that discusses teen alientation and anomie. Gaines has a lot of empathy for misunderstood teens. Her investigation of a teen suicide pact is interesting. Areas of her analysis could have been ... Read full review

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User Review  - Debra Blaacker - Goodreads

This book was wonderful, captivating. Many of the sociological themes noted in this book can still be observed in modern society, in various regions. I highly recommend it. Read full review

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The Kids in the Basement
Ave of Dreams
Children of ZOSO
Gimme Shelter
Us and Them
The Rock
Disposable Heroes
This Is Religion I
This Is Religion II
Wild in the Burbs
The End
Slamming Towards the Millennium

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About the author (1998)

Donna Gaines is a passionate Bible teacher, disciple maker and author. Embracing God s missional calling, Donna challenges women to live out the global implications of their faith through both inner city and international efforts. She is the author of two books, " There s Gotta Be More"and"""Seated: Living from Our Position in Christ, "and the editor of "A Daily Women s Devotional.

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