Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids [NOOK Book]

Overview

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids argues that the teenage behaviors that annoy adults do not arise from "hormones," bad parenting, poor teaching, or "the media," but from adolescents' lack of power over the central features of their lives: they must attend school; they have no control over the curriculum; they can't choose who their classmates are. What teenagers do have is the power to create status systems and symbols that not only exasperate adults, but also impede learning and maturing. Ironically, parents, ...
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Overview

Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids argues that the teenage behaviors that annoy adults do not arise from "hormones," bad parenting, poor teaching, or "the media," but from adolescents' lack of power over the central features of their lives: they must attend school; they have no control over the curriculum; they can't choose who their classmates are. What teenagers do have is the power to create status systems and symbols that not only exasperate adults, but also impede learning and maturing. Ironically, parents, educators, and businesses are inadvertently major contributors to these outcomes.
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"Murray Milner has done more than perhaps any other American sociologist to remind us that 'status' remains a primary mode of stratification, one that is dependent on cultural, not material power. He first set out this claim in his study of the Hindu caste system. In this new installment of his research program, he applies his considerable powers to American teenagers, and he shows how they produce caste systems of an equally deep and irrational kind. Freaks, Geeks, and Cool Kids is exemplary sociological research and theory. It is also wise and witty, and often touching as well." - Jeffrey C. Alexander, co-editor of The New Social Theory Reader: Contemporary Debates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135919955
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 900,129
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Murray Milner, Jr., is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. His books focus on the many faces of status, and include Status and Sacredness, winner of the American Sociological Association's Distinguished Publication Award, Unequal Care, and The Illusion of Equality.

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Table of Contents

I. The Puzzle and the Tools 1. Why Do They Behave Like That 2. The Tools for Understanding II. Explaining Teens’ Behavior 3. Fitting in, Standing out, and Keeping up 4. Steering Clear, Hanging out, and Hooking up 5. Exchanges, Labels, and Put Downs III. Why Schools Vary 6. The Pluralistic High School 7. Other Kinds of Schools IV. Teen Status Systems and Consumerism 8. Creating Consumers 9. Consuming Life 10. Conclusions and Implications

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2015

    Jennifer

    Name~ Look it up /).- <p> Age~ 17 <p> Gender~ Do you seriously know of any boys named Jennifer? That's what I thought. <p> Looks~ Skinny with long dark chestnut hair and dark blue eyes. Usually wears blue tanktops with jeans. <p> Crushes~ Nope. <p> Personality~ kind, happy, and has a good sense of humor. <p> Likes~ Animals, MLP, singing, reading, storywriting, and making friends. <p> Dislikes~ Bullies, annoying people, and haters. <p> Other~ She can shapeshift into a cat, a tiger, and owl, or a wolf. <p> The End :3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2015

    Julias bioooo

    Im leaving this place and Jessa, Tom and Mack if any of them want leadership or all three of them, then okay because I know everyone else will fight over it like little children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2015

    Kayla's bio

    Name: kayla....______looks: brown hair with blonde highlights, slightly tan, blue eyes, wears black most of the time_______personality: caring, weird, can sometimes be stupid, shy, sensetive_______likes: friends, nature, action movies, reading, the color green______dislikes: mean people_________crush: noooooooooooooooooooo!__________relationship: ok, seriously?_______other: ask!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2015

    Max's bio

    Looks like: sorta looks like a huski and u might mistake me as one; wears: a black leather jacket, black or blue jeans and nike running shoes; age:12; size: xl, 6'6"; likes: homework, minecraft (even though my parents don't let me, I play undercover @ my friends house); dislikes: mean people, idiots& tattletales; can be used for: anything!!!!! That is my bio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    RP AND CHATROOM AT

    Dubliner res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2015

    Mack's updated bio

    I suggest if you don't like me you shouldn't read this but if you do then read on. Looks: black raven hair with blue and purple, black greyish eyes, cheek bones, black or blue dark colored eye shadow. Personality: sweet, kind, helpful, friendly, happy, caring, mostly nice only time i am not is if you get me angry, and a little rude. Attire: dark days dark or light colors, bright days light colors, my black shades if you do not know what those are they are techinally (sunglasses). Likes: pizza, icecream, Burger King and Dairy Queen, coloring my hair, people who are nice to my friends and me, people who stop and stand up to bullies, people who understand me, a person who is nice to everyone. Dislike: people who bully, people who do not stop bullys, people who are mean to my friends and me, some blondes because some act so much like drama queens. Crush: none ya Friends: Julia, Grant, Tom, Jessa, Kaylee, Hailey, Beatrice, Austin, Claire, Kayla, Lina, Josh, Gabby and more and sorry if i forgot you. Other: any questions just ask.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2015

    Sam to Tom

    Im deffending my sis!! And no one is perfect. Idit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2015

    Tom's updated bio

    &diams Name: Stupidikus Derpikus &diams <p> &diams Age: 16 &diams <p> &diams Looks: with his eyes duh. Anyways. 5'7", moderate build, tanned, shoulder-length red hair, hazel eyes, freckles. &diams <p> &diams Persona: funny, athletic, musical, very smart, learns things quickly, great reflexes, slightly sarcastic, laid back, thoughtful, wants to keep the peace. &diams <p> &diams Likes: seahawks, SOCCER, purple, ferrets, games, playing drums (in a band), playing piano, guitar, and bass, jelly beans, the sun, having fun, people with disabilities of any sort. &diams <p> &diams Dislikes: people that think they are bad a<_>ss but are just stupid and irritating, the color red, sanfransisco 49ers, being bored, people that think love is a game, people that treat you like sh<_>it, and people that think since you are popular, you are an as<_>shole. &diams <p> &diams Crush: not anymore &diams <p> &diams Phone number: 911-666 &diams <p> &diams Other: purple &diams

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2015

    &#diams G&pi&alpha&eta&tau's updated bio (5.16.15) &diams

    &diams Name: it is Mr. Look up dumdum<p>&diams Nicknames: Grantinator, Grantman, Grant the Great, Doctor G, G-Square, and Mr. Butternubs ( #:n3 )<p>&diams Looks like: Brown hair with bangs, tall, skinny, cool, brownish grey eyes, great hearing, no facial hair (what did u think i would have, a goatee?), a scar across his back, some scratches from his rabbid cat, Gunner, moderately strong, and derastically legit and hardcore<p>&diams Personality: nice, thoughtful, really considerate and sensitive. Funny, is a great conversationalist, doesn't care what other people think, upbeat, and brave. Sometimes selfless.<p>&diams Siggy: G&pi&alpha&eta&tau <p>&diams Attire: on hot days ( &#9788 ), either a light colored short sleeve shirt with shorts, or a dark colored tanktop that has a beach-like style and denim shorts. On cool days, i wear a denim jacket over a concert t-shirt and denim skinny jeans (i like denim.) Sometimes wears a rope necklace<p>&diams Crush: Hailey &heart<p>&diams Favorite songs and artists: My favorite song is Right Hand On My Heart, from The Whigs. My favorite artists are: <br>&diams True Widow<br>&diams Sea Hero<br>&diams The Whigs<br>&diams The Joy Formidable<br>&diams A. Armada<br>&diams Japandroids<p>&diams Likes: rock music, Hailey, friends, Minecraft, playing the guitar and drums, nature, shrimp, playing basketball, and Hailey<p>&diams Dislikes: having his friends sad, bullies, people who dont stop bullying, and homework<p>&diams Anything else just ask! &#9820

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2015

    JULIAS BIO

    IM GONNA DO WHAT I LOOK IKE IRL BCUZ I CAN WHAA. <p> Name: what are you, stupid? AGE: 13 IRL but 19 in this rp. <p> BIRTHDAY: october 9th. (Irl too) <p> LOOKS: short black hair, (naturally blonde...) Bluegrey eyes, pale skin. <p> Clothes: anything black white grey or silver. And a sparkley silver bow. <p> FRIENDS: Everyone. Like seriously. Unless i tell you i hate you or something. Then i obv hate you d you arent my friend. <p> PERSONALITY: im actually super honest which makes me sound rude alot and i always speak my mind an i really dont g.a.f if i offend you because if you dont like what im saying, it wont change my opinion.. <p> LANGUAGES: i speak Greek English and French. Soon, im gonna learn German. <p> LIKES: sparkles. <p> DISLIKES: nonsparkles (XD if thats even a thing) <p> Crush/Bf: engaged so btfo. (Back the fu<_>ck off.) <p> THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING MEH BIO. Anything else, just ask. <p> one more tjing: Rank, co leader, teacher, principle, blah blah blah blah. MERCI. Bai.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2015

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2015

    Hailey's bio

    Looks: blond hair, medium height, brown eyes, slightly wrinkled tee, skinny jeans, leather jacket
    Status: taken
    Boyfriend: Grant
    Friends: Everyone!
    Other: just ask!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2015

    Sm's bio (updated)








    Hii people :D here's a more updated bio
    of me (and the space thingys don't
    seem to work for me so it'll all be
    squished) Name: Safiyyah
    (means pure in Arabic) Gender: girl Height:
    5'5 Ethnicity: half Egyptian, half Indian
    Looks: I wear hijab (headscarf) cause
    I'm Muslim. Brown eyes, tan skin, roundish
    features...and no, i'm not going to describe
    all the outfits I wear.
    Hobbies/Interests: sign language,
    reading, (duh, I have a nook) photography,
    playing piano Likes: watermelon ;), my
    adorable lion head bunny, sleeping,
    traveling, SUSHI :D Dislikes: waking up
    early, asparagus, people who think all
    Muslims are terrorists Personality:
    weird, quirky, friendly, can be very crazy
    at times due to lack of cupcakes
    Other stuff: I live in NJ, i'm homeschooled
    and my nooks screen is cracked so
    I can only read what's written in the
    title box. ~Aspire to Inspire before you
    Expire~ &#9733 Safiyyah &#9733

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    David Luckmires

    Name: my name is super weird...David Luckmires...not proud of it at all <p> Age: my age huh? I'm 16! <p> appearance: some might call me tall, but I'm perfectly normal for my age. I usually dont wear glasses...and I have brown hair with blonde high lights. My hair goes past my chin in the front and in the back its pretty short. I have stunning hazel eyes. I wouldn't say I'm muscular woth six pacs and all, but I am very strong with a nice looking chest. I usually wear jeans, a light white short sleeved shirt with a black jacket that covers my shirt. I usually dont zip it. <p> likes: I love people who dont act awkward around me, I love goats sounds weird but I own a couple, I love the ladies hehehe, and I like all nice people <p> dislikes: I hate it when people pretend to like other people...but they really dont, I dont like it when other men cheat on their girlfriends, I hate homework...dont we all! <p> status: I'm single! <p> crush: dont have one <p> gf: used to have one...her name was Peyton...but she broke up with me to be with some other dude <p> other: i rped in so many places, I have a lot of friends, and come and meet me :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2015

    Victoria's bio

    Name|| Victoria Angel Sims <br> Age|| 17 <br> Looks|| She has hazel eyes with a tint of green. She has light brown hair that goes down to her knees. When her hair is up it goes down to her waist <br> Personality|| sweet, sexy, kind, shes often away from everyone else because she thinks shes not noticable, generious <br> Likes|| horses, singing, working out, boys that make her laugh <br> Dislikes|| bullies, sexiests, racists, snobs <br> History|| she wa born in London then moved dow to America when she was 6 so she has a slight accient. She has a older brother named Daniel and two younger sisters named Madiline and Fionia <br> Other|| feel free to ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2015

    To jacob

    Loll you can do < s > and < p > (no spaces) for gaps

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Kaylee's bio

    Is at 'school bios' res 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Alexis' bio

    At ethics res three. I'm too lazy to retype it.

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