The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence
  • The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence
  • The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence

The Road to Whatever: Middle-Class Culture and the Crisis of Adolescence

by Elliott Currie
     
 

An "energetic," "provocative," and "much-needed" investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among middle-class American teenagers (Los Angeles Times)

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed sociologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie draws on years of interviews to offer a

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An "energetic," "provocative," and "much-needed" investigation of the root causes of the epidemic of drug abuse, violence, and despair among middle-class American teenagers (Los Angeles Times)

In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed sociologist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie draws on years of interviews to offer a profound investigation of what has gone wrong for so many "mainstream" American adolescents. Rejecting such predictable answers as TV violence, permissiveness, and inherent evil, Currie links this crisis to a pervasive "culture of exclusion" fostered by a society in which medications trump guidance and a punitive "zero tolerance" approach to adolescent misbehavior has become the norm. Broadening his inquiry, he dissects the changes in middle-class life that stratify the world into "winners" and "losers," imposing an extraordinarily harsh culture--and not just on kids.
Vivid, compelling, and deeply empathetic, The Road to Whatever is a stark indictment of a society that has lost the will--or the capacity--to care.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805080001
Publisher:
Picador
Publication date:
12/27/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,463,469
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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