Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

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University of Chicago Press, Apr 28, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
33 Reviews
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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Review: Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

User Review  - Kendall - Goodreads

Not only is the book poorly written, but entirely inaccurate, giving insight only to a small sub-section of Bergenfield. As someone who grew up in the town and lived there for the majority of my life ... Read full review

Review: Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids

User Review  - Kendall - Goodreads

Not only is the book poorly written, but entirely inaccurate, giving insight only to a small sub-section of Bergenfield. As someone who grew up in the town and lived there for the majority of my life ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Kids in the Basement
15
Ave of Dreams
39
Children of ZOSO
55
Gimme Shelter
73
Us and Them
89
The Rock
115
Disposable Heroes
143
This Is Religion I
171
This Is Religion II
193
Wild in the Burbs
217
The End
235
Slamming Towards the Millennium
263
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

Donna Gaines, M.Ed., is the author of There's Gotta Be More and several women's Bible studies. She and her husband, Steve, minister in Memphis, where he is the pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church.

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