Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus

Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus

by Paul Rogat Loeb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813522560

ISBN-13: 9780813522562

Pub. Date: 08/28/1995

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Challenging prevailing media stereotypes, Generation at the Crossroads explores the beliefs and choices of the students who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s. For seven years, at over a hundred campuses in thirty states, Paul Loeb asked students about the values they held. He examines their concepts of responsibility, the links they draw between present and future,…  See more details below

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Challenging prevailing media stereotypes, Generation at the Crossroads explores the beliefs and choices of the students who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s. For seven years, at over a hundred campuses in thirty states, Paul Loeb asked students about the values they held. He examines their concepts of responsibility, the links they draw between present and future, and how they view themselves in relation to the larger human community in which they live. He brings us a range of voices, from "I'm not that kind of person," to "I had to take a stand." Loeb looks at how the rest of us can serve young people as better role models, and given them courage and vision to help build a better world. This insightful book explores the culture of withdrawal that dominated American campuses through most of the eighties. He locates its roots in historical ignorance, relentless individualism, mistrust of social movements, and a general isolation from urgent realities. He examines why a steadily increasing minority has begun to take on critical public issues, whether environmental activism, apartheid, hunger and homelessness, affordable education, or racial and sexual equity. Loeb looks at individuals who have overcome precisely the barriers he has described, and how their journeys can become models. The generational choices he explores will shape our common future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813522562
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Beyond the myths1
Bk. 1I'm not that kind of person
1You make your own chances: Wealth as an educational goal11
2You don't have a say: Individualism as survival20
3I feel a little fearful: The reluctance to speak27
4The right kind of friends: Climbing the economic ladder39
5America on the slide: Coping with decline44
6Divided loyalties: Making it from the bottom56
7The broken connection: History and memory68
8Spitting on soldiers?: Vietnam revisited77
9An unsentimental education: Ethical detachment in the classroom89
10I'll work from within: Involvement deferred101
11Diminished dreams: Shaping a culture of retreat115
Bk. 2I had to take a stand
Introduction: A stake in the future127
12Fighting for the land: Farm activism returns131
13Greeks for peace: Social concern on fraternity row145
14Crossing the line: The genesis of student activists157
15A house still divided: The campus politics of race177
16The world of the activists: Communities of concern207
17Tangible fruits: The community service movement231
18Shades of green: The tree huggers and the politicos248
Bk. 3World in motion
Introduction: Uncertain times261
19Coming back to concern: The resurgence of student involvement263
20I don't want to be a biscuit babe: The CUNY strikes286
21Whose history, whose voice?: The politics of political correctness331
22Sustaining the vision: Every generation changes the world367
Notes401
Acknowledgments439
Index443

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