Kids These Days / Edition 1

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Overview

"Snatched from their bedrooms, shot at in school, prone to risk-taking and cruelty - is childhood today as bad as the news accounts would have us believe? Is this generation headed for disaster?" Kids These Days critically examines the hottest news stories of the past few years to assess whether the news is really as bad as it sounds. Is kidnapping by strangers really a bigger threat now than in the past? Are disputes at school now settled with guns instead of fists? And are kids, especially girls, becoming bigger bullies than ever before? This book dissects the stories that made headlines and explores overall trends and statistics to compare the hype to the reality. The truth is that kids today do face unique obstacles and challenges, but their situation isn't nearly as dire as the compelling news accounts would have us believe. Rather, the author proposes that our nation's youth have been targeted as a problem population to absolve adult responsibility for creating the often dangerous and difficult conditions many young people must deal with. Kids These Days will provide perspective to better understand the realities of the first generation to come of age in the twenty-first century.
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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Sternheimer has examined the powerful shaping influence of US print media articles on youth and linked these perceptions to policy and community reaction to youth. Her analysis of newspaper articels reveals perceived youth characteristics—dangerous, subject to physical harm, gluttonous, misbehaving school students, stupid, easily seduced into deviant behavior—as essential components justifying US adult fear of youth. . . . Sternheimer challenges these misperceptions with the available evidence arising from natiaonal research and critical thinking, and details the impact of socioecnomic class stratification and gender. Highly recommended.
Choice
Sternheimer has examined the powerful shaping influence of US print media articles on youth and linked these perceptions to policy and community reaction to youth. Her analysis of newspaper articels reveals perceived youth characteristics—dangerous, subject to physical harm, gluttonous, misbehaving school students, stupid, easily seduced into deviant behavior—as essential components justifying US adult fear of youth. . . . Sternheimer challenges these misperceptions with the available evidence arising from natiaonal research and critical thinking, and details the impact of socioecnomic class stratification and gender. Highly recommended.
Mike Males
Kids These Days makes a critically needed contribution to our understanding of modern youth and their distorted image in the popular media. It is both intellectually stimulating and accessible to a wide variety of readers, including youths themselves. There is an avalanche of perfectly awful, same-themed books by popular and academic authors…[Sternheimer] takes a radically different approach and has produced a book that freshens this stifling, sterile climate with dramatically new information. I believe it is ahead of its time… and could well generate the kind of attention Culture of Fear received. I would recommend it without hesitation as a text or popular work that documents, analyzes, and challenges the destructive myths about 'kids today.'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546684
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at the University of Southern California. She is the author of It's Not the Media: The Truth About Pop Culture's Influence on Kids.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Kids These Days Chapter 2 Kidnapped! Childhood Stolen Chapter 3 Greedy Gluttons: Childhood Indulged Chapter 4 School House Shock: Zero Tolerance and the Scary School Myth Chapter 5 Hazed and Confused: Mean Kids Chapter 6 Jackasses and Copycats: X-treme Behavior Chapter 7 Hell on Wheels: Teen Drivers Chapter 8 Conclusion: The Business of Youth Phobia: Fear Sells
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