The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School

The First Year Out: Understanding American Teens after High School

by Tim Clydesdale
     
 

Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager's first year after high school-but the reality is quite different. Tracking the day-to-day lives of fifty young people, Tim Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the… See more details below

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Wild parties, late nights, and lots of sex, drugs, and alcohol. Many assume these are the things that define an American teenager's first year after high school-but the reality is quite different. Tracking the day-to-day lives of fifty young people, Tim Clydesdale reveals how teens settle into manageable patterns of substance use and sexual activity; how they meet the requirements of postsecondary education; and how they cope with new financial expectations. Most of them, we learn, handle the changes well because they make a priority of everyday life. But Clydesdale finds that teens also stow away their identities- religious, racial, political, or otherwise-during this period in exchange for acceptance into mainstream culture. This results in the absence of a long-range purpose for their lives and imposes limits on their desire to understand national politics and global issues, which in turn undermines their ability to reconstruct their lives when tragedies occur.

About the Author:
Tim Clydesdale is associate professor of sociology at the College of New Jersey

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226110653
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Morality and Society Series Series
Pages:
239
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Introduction: An Unexpected Journey     1
Four Teens     7
Starting Points     43
Navigating Relationships, Managing Gratifications     69
Working for Money, Spending for Fun     109
Cognitively Sharper, Intellectually Immune     149
Narrowed Perspectives, Broader Implications     181
Methodological Appendix     213
Notes     223
Selected Bibliography     247
Index     255

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