Act Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of Adolescence by Nancy LeskoAct Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of Adolescence by Nancy Lesko

Act Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of Adolescence

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Paperback | March 21, 2012

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Are our current ways of talking about "the problem of adolescence" really that different than those of past generations? For the past decade,Act Your Age!has provided a provocative and now classic analysis of the accepted ways of viewing teens. By employing a groundbreaking "history of the present" methodology that resists traditional chronology, author Nancy Lesko analyzes both historical and present social and political factors that produce the presumed "natural adolescent." This resulting seminal work in the field of youth study forces readers to rethink the dominant interpretations on the social construction of adolescence from the 19th century through the present day.

This new edition is updated throughout and includes a full new chapter on 1950s-era assumptions about adolescence and the corresponding connections to teens today. As in all chapters, Lesko provides careful examination of the concerns of nationalism, sexuality, and social order in terms of how they are projected onto the definitions of adolescents in the media, in schools, and in the home.

Nancy Lesko is Maxine Greene Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Title:Act Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of AdolescenceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.8 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:March 21, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415887623

ISBN - 13:9780415887625

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments, Series Editor's Introduction Michael W. Apple, Introduction Troubling Teenagers1. Up and Down the Great Chain of Being Progress and Degeneration in Children, Race, and Nation 2. Making Adolescence at the Turn of the Century Romancing and Administering Youth 3. Back to the Future Model Middle Schools Recirculate Fin-de-Si'e Ideas 4. Time Matters in Adolescence 5.Cold War Containments: Freedom, Youth, and Identity in the 1950s 6."Before Their Time" Teenage Mothers Violate the Order of Proper Development 7. Our Guys/Good Guys Playing with High School Athletic Privilege and Power 8. When the Romance Is Gone'Youth Development In New Times 9. Cutting Free from the Great Chain of Being Toward Untimely TeenagersAfterword to the Second Edition Notes References Author Index Subject Index