Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late Twentieth Century

Generation on Hold: Coming of Age in the Late Twentieth Century

by James E. Cote
     
 

ISBN-10: 081471532X

ISBN-13: 9780814715321

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: New York University Press

Young adults in the modern era face a completely differently set of challenges from previous generations. Tracing historical constructions of adolescence and their role in maintaining social order, James E. Cote and Anton L. Allahar persuasively argue that young people today constitute one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society. Today, for the

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Overview

Young adults in the modern era face a completely differently set of challenges from previous generations. Tracing historical constructions of adolescence and their role in maintaining social order, James E. Cote and Anton L. Allahar persuasively argue that young people today constitute one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups in society. Today, for the first time, teenagers and young adults in the United states, Canada, Japan, Scandinavia and Western Europe can expect to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Youth are conditioned to stay young linger and have, as a result, become socially and economically marginalized. Many young people amass credentials regardless of employment prospects and continue to live at home, often dependent on their parents, into their thirties. With fewer jobs available, young people are ironically targeted increasingly as consumers, rather than as producers. As new technologies continually reduce the work force and alter the social fabric, an entire generation of young people has struggled to keep up. What then does it mean to come of age in an advanced industrial or post-industrial society?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814715321
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. 1The Prolongation of Youth1
1The Discovery of Youth5
Nature: Adolescence as a Product of Biology5
Nurture: Adolescence as a Product of Culture16
A Speculative Interdisciplinary Approach28
2The Liabilities of Youth in Advanced Industrial Society33
Credentialism and Education Inflation34
"Cooling Out the Mark"40
The New Service Worker45
Statistical Indicators of Change48
The Disenfranchisement of Youth66
3The Conquest of Youth70
The Psychological Basis of Identity71
Adolescence as a Moratorium74
Identity Manipulation80
Gender Intensification84
Coming of Age in the Wake of Gender Intensification95
Pt. 2The Political Economy of Youth101
4Ideology and the Politics of Social Control105
The Manufacture of Consent105
The Ideology of Youth107
Language and Ideology111
The Macropolitical Context112
Ideology and Illusion115
The Politics of Social Control116
The Ideology of Youth and Mass Education120
The Manufacture of Dissent128
5Complementary and the Social Control of Dissent129
The Principle of Complementarity132
Complementarity and Nationalism: An Example143
The Complementarity of Nationalism and Race in the United States144
Youth, Complementarity, and the Mass Media146
6Toward a New Reality for Youth151
Sweden as a Model152
Recommendations to Young People158
Notes165
Bibliography188
Index203

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