The Rise and Fall of the American Teenager

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Harper Collins, Sep 19, 2000 - Social Science - 336 pages
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In the groundbreaking work, Thomas Hine examines the American teenager as a social invention shaped by the needs of the twentieth century. With intelligence, insight, imagination, and humorm he traces the culture of youth in America-from the spiritual trials of young Puritans and the vision quests of Native Americans to the media-blitzed consumerism of contempory thirteen-to-nineteen -year-olds. The resulting study is a glorious appreciation of youth that challenges us to confront our sterotypesm, rethink our expectations, and consider anew the lives of those individuals who are blessing, our bane, and our future.

 

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User Review  - JWarren42 - LibraryThing

A fantastic book on the history of the concept of teenager-ness. The only bad thing I have to say about the book is also one of its biggest strengths: it moves very quickly through the historical ... Read full review

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This attempt to create a new historical perspective on the American teenager barely scratches the surface. Cultural historian Hine's (Populuxe, 1986, etc.) larger argument is fairly convincing: the ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Teenage Mystique
10
Only a Phase?
27
THREE
43
Family Values
57
FIVE
64
Declarations of Independence
76
Counting on the Children
120
NINE
156
ELEVEN
199
TWELVE
225
Boom and Aftershocks
249
Goths in Tomorrowland
274
FIFTEEN
296
SOURCES AND FURTHER READING
305
INDEX
315

EIGHT
128
The Invention of High School
138

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Thomas Hine, the author of four previous books, including Populuxe and The Total Package, is a writer on culture, history, and design. He is a columnist for Philadelphia Magazine and a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, Martha Stewart Living, Architectural Record, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. He Lives in Philadelphia.

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