Youth Crisis: Growing Up in the High-Risk Society / Edition 1

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What is the social condition of youth in modern society? This is the question taken up by this passionate and substantive book. The author argues that youth are at a crisis state. The crisis has been brought about by the general state of social crisis; violence, questions of political legitimacy, educational decline; as well as the decline of compassion as a core principle of culture. The author draws on a variety of trends and scholarly research to examine the problems of growing up in a high risk society and offers pathways to spiritual renewal and cultural renewal, esential for salvaging the next generation.

The study takes on the youth crisis as a compelling public issue, exploring various manifestations of the crisis; endangered youth, gang participation, youth addictions, unworkable schools, violence in the home and on the streets, homelessness, and the near genocidal conditions that plague African American and urban youth. Students, educators, and policy makers, as well as anyone interested in the plight of youth and the steps necessary to successfully overcome the crisis will find this book invaluable and memorable.

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Arguing that youth problems are not an aberration but a reflection of fundamental features of the present American society, the author explicates and illustrates the structural forces that contribute to the high rates of child and youth victimization and offending behavior, including unequal schooling, homelessness, addiction, gang life, race, and other features of an excessively, and unnecessarily, risky environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275964436
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

NANETTE J. DAVIS is currently a Visiting Professor at Western Washington University, and formerly she taught at Portland State University. She has published extensively in the areas of prostitution, abortion, homeless youth, and battered women as well as contributed theoretical pieces on issues of the politics of violence and sexual deviance. She is the author of numerous books including From Crime to Choice: Transformation of Abortion in America (Greenwood Press, 1985) and editor of Prostitution: an International Handbook on Trends, Problems, and Policies (Greenwood, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 "Don't Tell Us about It" - The Social Condition of Youth 1
Ch. 2 "It Isn't Easy Being Young": Youth and the Risk Society 21
Ch. 3 Genealogy of Childhood 45
Ch. 4 Schooling in an Unjust Society 65
Ch. 5 Endangered Youth 93
Ch. 6 The Descent into Homelessness 123
Ch. 7 Youth, Addiction, and Control 155
Ch. 8 Youth in the War Zone 193
Ch. 9 The Gang as Pseudo Community 229
Ch. 10 Race Matters: The Case of African American Youth 267
Ch. 11 Reconstructing Justice: Toward a Healing Paradigm for Youth 297
App Youth Bill of Rights 321
Bibliography 323
Index 359
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