Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction / Edition 4

Mind Fields: Adolescent Consciousness in a Culture of Distraction / Edition 4

by Thomas J. Cottle
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820449229

ISBN-13: 9780820449227

Pub. Date: 07/28/2001

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

In Mind Fields, Thomas J. Cottle argues that the period known as adolescence is essentially a social construct influenced greatly by popular culture. To understand young people, therefore, is to recognize how the very consciousness of adolescents is shaped by a culture, dominated by the entertainment industry, and the power of television and the computer,

Overview

In Mind Fields, Thomas J. Cottle argues that the period known as adolescence is essentially a social construct influenced greatly by popular culture. To understand young people, therefore, is to recognize how the very consciousness of adolescents is shaped by a culture, dominated by the entertainment industry, and the power of television and the computer, constantly urging them to turn away from the normal evolution of their personal and social lives. In this fundamentally distracting environment, young people explore their consciousness, sharing it with others, as well as form their sense of identity, all the while having these most inner experiences affected as much by the culture as by their own temperaments and personalities. It is the culture that determines the forms of recognition and independence, as well as intimacy and attachment that adolescents must learn. In the end, the author argues for the value of self-reflection as a critical ingredient of identity formation and a fundamental antidote to distracting cultural influences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820449227
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Adolescent Cultures, School, and Society Series, #16
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Part IThe Fields of Distraction1
Chapter 1The Language of Distraction3
Chapter 2The Noise of Distraction27
Part IIThe Fields of Adolescence51
Chapter 3The Construction of Independence and Intimacy53
Chapter 4The Construction of Recognition and Attachment81
Part IIIThe Fields of Thought109
Chapter 5Narratives and Reflections111
Chapter 6Screen Speak, Screen Deep135
Part IVThe Fields of the Inner World157
Chapter 7The Exploration of Self159
Chapter 8The Prize of Self-reflection185
References219

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