Act Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of Adolescence

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Social Science - 260 pages
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This work examines the making of adolescence at the turn of the 20th century and the ways the fears and programmatic responses are re-invented as new today, for example in model middle schools. This system of reasoning about youth constrains our contemporary responses to adolescence and secondary schooling, so that we cannot think about youth in different terms. The legacy of the system of reasoning that centred whiteness, masculinity and citizenship disables our efforts to work with youth differently today, a time when the slow development prescribed for adolescence is no longer viable.
 

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Right at the start of this trenchant analysis of the ways in which 20th century US culture has constructed adolescence, Lesko situates her work within a postmodern discursive theoretical framework ... Read full review

Contents

Up and Down the Great Chain of Being
19
Making Adolescence at the Turn of the Century
49
Back to the Future
91
Time Matters in Adolescence
107
Before Their Time
135
Our GuysGood Guys
149
When the Romance Is Gone Youth Development
171
Cutting Free from the Great Chain of Being
189
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Lesko is Associate Professor of Education, curriculum and teaching at Teachers College.

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