My Son Is an Alien: A Cultural Portrait of Today's Youth / Edition 1by Marcel Danesi
Pub. Date: 11/28/2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Today's youths live in a world that sees their rebellious behavior and esoteric lifestyles as a "natural" part of growing up. But this is hardly natural. In effect, adolescence was forged as a social experiment 150 years ago, when school attendance became mandatory beyond puberty. As a result, adolescence came to be marked not only as a separate and troubled period… See more details below
Today's youths live in a world that sees their rebellious behavior and esoteric lifestyles as a "natural" part of growing up. But this is hardly natural. In effect, adolescence was forged as a social experiment 150 years ago, when school attendance became mandatory beyond puberty. As a result, adolescence came to be marked not only as a separate and troubled period in the lifecycle, but also as an all-encompassing social problem, requiring the intervention of social institutions. My Son Is an Alien is an entertaining, informative look at cultural influences on teenagers and adolescents. Based on interviews with hundreds of teens, pre-teens, and parents, each chapter sketches out a facet of the adolescent's cultural portrait, from body image and slang to peer pressure and drugs. Non-technical and filled with facts, commentaries, anecdotes, and resources, it also includes numerous features on topics like teen expressions and the least family-friendly TV shows. Marcel Danesi proposes several strategies for changing the prevailing mindset on adolescence. Among these are dispelling the myth that "experts" and "professionals" are the ones to whom we must turn for advice in raising children and that adolescents must be seen as mature individuals who should be reconnected to the adult society to which they rightfully belong.
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- 6.14(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.44(d)
Table of Contents
Part 1 Why Another Book on Teenagers? Chapter 2 1. Adolescence in Historical Context Chapter 3 2. Sex Chapter 4 3. Body Image Chapter 5 4. Language Chapter 6 5. Music Chapter 7 6. Cliques, Gangs, and Cults Chapter 8 7. Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Chapter 9 8. School Chapter 10 9. The Media Chapter 11 10. Ending the Experiment Part 12 Internet Sites and Associations Part 13 Glossary
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